PM Trudeau talks steel and doughnuts in Hamilton

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with workers during a visit to Stelco Hamilton Works in Hamilton on Tuesday

Trudeau, who kicked off a four-city tour of cities March 12 that rely on aluminum and steel industries for their economies, will tour the Stelco Hamilton Works then meet with steelworkers in the morning. On Monday, Trudeau called Trump to stress the need to preserve the "mutually beneficial" cross border supply chains.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington for three days this week - meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and key members of Congress.

The prime minister is on a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories to demonstrate his government's support for workers in light of potential threats to those industries from the USA administration.

In the call with Trudeau, Trump "emphasised the importance of quickly concluding the ongoing Nafta negotiations", the White House said. Canadian steel is in your tanks.

Trump's eagerness to seal the deal of NAFTA came months after the United States and Canada were on the loggerheads on this issue.

For now, Canada and Mexico are the only two countries exempt from tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.

His cross-country tour, with stops in Quebec, Sault Ste.

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Reacting to Trump's urge, Trudeau told CNN that Canada is glad to see the U.S. is eager to seal the deal.

Trudeau is also brushing off the idea that Canada might be bullied into a deal.

"We are very concerned about the actions taken by China and the dumping of steel and aluminium on the global market", Trudeau said. The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security.

Later, Canada and Mexico were exempted from the imposition of the trade tariffs.

Trudeau says he has already spoken with President Donald Trump about foreign steel dumping and is willing to take further action, if necessary, to protect our industry.

A spokesman said Trudeau plans to tour regions of the country that are heavily reliant on the steel and aluminum industries, in the face of stiff tariffs being threatened by the United States. He also credited Trump for keeping a promise: he said the president told him at last year's G7 that Canada would get an exemption, and kept his word.

Trudeau said Canada already has "significant barriers" in place to prevent low-priced steel and aluminum from being dumped there, and is prepared to work with Washington to "do even more".

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