Weir Pushing for Canadian Exemption from Trump Tariffs

March 1st, 2018

Today, US President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Regina–Lewvan MP Erin Weir (NDP) is seeking a clear exemption for Canada from these duties.

“Steel trade between Canada and the US is balanced and integrated. This reciprocal exchange works for workers and businesses on both sides of the border,” said Weir. “We must ensure that Canadians, including Regina steelworkers at Evraz, are not sideswiped by legitimate concerns about offshore steel dumped into the North American market.”

As Saskatchewan’s representative on Parliament’s All-Party Steel Caucus, Weir went to Washington in June 2017 with MPs from all parties to lobby their counterparts in the US Congress to exempt Canada from prospective steel tariffs. Both the United Steelworkers union and the American Iron and Steel Institute endorsed this call.

“We need the federal government pushing for a clear Canadian exemption like we had from the US steel tariffs enacted in 2002,” said Weir. “Unfortunately, the Liberals do not seem to appreciate this sector’s importance. Earlier this week, they tabled a 367-page federal budget that does not mention steel even once.”

Weir worked as the United Steelworkers’ Canadian economist before being elected. He will continue standing up for steelworkers in Regina and across the country.