Canadian Manufacturing

Trudeau kicks off tour of steel and aluminum factories in Quebec

The PM is heading to Canadian steel country this week on a three-day tour designed to shore up the industry, with stops in Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan

March 12, 2018  by The Canadian Press

Trudeau will visit Hamilton on a tour of Canada’s steel and aluminum producing regions, a Southern Ontario city known for its smelting. PHOTO: MarcusObal, via Wikimedia Commons

SAGUENAY, Que.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories with a visit to Quebec’s Saguenay region.

Trudeau is meeting this morning with stakeholders in the aluminum industry in the region about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City.

Other stops will include Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina.

Both industries are facing uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on the rest of the world last week.


Canada and Mexico were temporarily exempted from the tariffs, but Trudeau said this morning he is working hard to safeguard Canadian jobs and ensure there are no trade barriers between the two countries.

The prime minister said the steel and aluminum industries face real challenges, including concerns about global overcapacity.

“I want you to know that myself, my team and everyone across the country will be there to defend your interests,” he told the stakeholders as he was flanked by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Canada is the United States’ largest provider of steel and aluminum, with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to that country.