June 9, 2018 – The Trudeau government has told U.S. President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders’ summit, which wrapped up Saturday. Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canadians "particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on a national security reason" and held firm to the government’s threat of retaliation. But Trump appeared to take Trudeau’s criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday. Canaan Transport urges both countries to work together to ensure that a mutually beneficial trading relationship will continue.