Trudeau’s U.S. Envoy Confident on USMCA Passage, Tariff Relief



Josh Wingrove | Bloomberg

Canada’s ambassador to Washington is confident that the U.S. will both pass the revised North American trade deal and lift tariffs on steel and aluminum.

David MacNaughton, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Sherbrooke, Quebec, during a cabinet meeting, said there are “no negotiations going on” to resolve the U.S.-Canada tariff dispute but that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to press the U.S. to end the levies.

The tariffs, of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, were applied last year under Section 232 trade law provisions reserved for national security cases. Canada then levied its own, dollar-for-dollar tariffs. It has long pledged to cancel its tariffs when the U.S. abandons theirs.

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