Heads up, Mr. President!
Three political amigos from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada are quietly scheming to envelope your flank and thwart your plan to slap a 25 per cent tariff on non-U.S. steel.
The Sault's anti-tariff Dream Team of Mayor Christian Provenzano, MP Terry Sheehan and MPP Ross Romano became all-for-one-and-one-for-all brothers in arms during a teleconference on Friday.
Their strategy is to work the phones to their U.S. counterparts.
Provenzano will call mayors in places like
Sheehan will speed-dial federal representatives in those states.
Romano will reach out to state representatives.
"We're going to work on political leaders south of the border," Romano told SooToday.
"If our steel plant fails, it will have significant and far-reaching effects on their markets, economy and jobs within their communities."
"I'm pleased that we're working together as a unit."
Romano's preferred outcome is to have Canadian steel exempted from the 25 per cent tariff.
If the president can't be persuaded to do that, then Romano prefers an alternative mentioned by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that would slap tariffs of 53 per cent on steel from 12 countries including Brazil, China Russia, India, South Africa and Vietnam, with a quota of 100 per cent of 2017 imports imposed on Canada and all other remaining countries.
"That's not ideal, but it's palatable based on the price of steel today," Romano told us.
"The tariffs proposed by President Trump will have a negative effect on the steel industry in both
“The facts and statistics establish that
“Levying a tariff against Canadian steel entering the
"We have the longest undefended border in the world and we have partnerships with the United States that go back more than a century. I will continue to reach out to contact allies among my federal counterparts in the United States so that we can work together, effectively, against cheap, foreign dumped steel,” Sheehan said.