City of Sault Ste. Marie supports efforts to strengthen steel industry

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The City of Sault Ste. Marie joins the City of Hamilton in efforts to support the Canadian steel industry.

The tariff on Canadian steel entering the United States continues to pose a challenge for steel industry producers and the Steel Summit held in Hamilton on Friday was a chance for industry representatives, experts and elected officials to discuss the impact of tariffs and ways to help strengthen the steel industry.

Mayor Christian Provenzano delivered opening remarks at the Steel Summit alongside Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. Over the past few months, Mayor Provenzano and Mayor Eisenberger have worked together to reach out to their US counterparts regarding the impact of tariffs.

"It is worth repeating, the facts establish that Canada and the US have a balanced, fair and complementary trade relationship in steel," said Mayor Provenzano.

"In 2017, $12 billion (US) of steel was traded between our two countries, with each country exporting $6 billion of steel to the other country. I have abiding faith that common sense and the right position will prevail provided that good leadership does not relent. I assure you that I will not relent and I will continue my advocacy for the steel industry and Algoma."

"Today's summit reinforces what we already know: that steel is the foundation of Canadian manufacturing and critical to the future of an advanced economy," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

"In these unprecedented times, today's gathering provided more insight into the complexities of trade and steel. It also reinforces our resilience and our ability to come together ensuring our industry, businesses and workers continue to thrive and succeed. I'm encouraged by the dialogue today between steel industry experts, union leaders, government officials, community stakeholders and members of the public."
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