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Trudeau Dodged Trump’s Steel Tariffs With Frantic Lobbying; Now He’s Angling to Save NAFTA

Posted March 16, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Josh Wingrove – Bloomberg)

Donald Trump is already taking up a lot of Justin Trudeau’s bandwidth. Steel tariffs sent it to another level.

The Canadian prime minister is on an impromptu tour of steel and aluminum country this week, a denim-clad, open-collared victory lap with workers after Canada and Mexico were excluded from new U.S. tariffs. The exemption came after frenzied lobbying by the Trudeau government, throughout Washington and as far away as Seoul and Berlin.

On tariffs, as with renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s strategy with Trump has been to play nice and cultivate allies far and wide. It hasn’t been painless, as Canada’s dollar and business sentiment slump. The question for Trudeau is whether he can keep pressure up to secure a permanent exemption from Trump’s levies and seal a NAFTA deal before Mexican and U.S. elections upend the political climate. Click here to read more.

Related: NAFTA Exit Shouldn’t Hurt Canadian Agriculture in the Short-Term – Economist (iPolitics)