Donnelly also said the Canadian government must put resources in place to ensure that cheap steel is not diverted into Canada after Trump last week chose to impose a 25 percent tariffs on steel imports.
His Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, will be in Washington on Tuesday and Thursday to "advance Canada's efforts to keep trade open, fair and barrier-free, to benefit people on both sides of the border", her ministry said in a statement.
"How will that impact the Canadian steel industry?"
Trump created the tariffs with the claims that they were part of a security issue but Trudeau pointed out to the host that the US military needs Canadian steel.
He said he began talking about steel with Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily previous year, when he was emphatic that Canada poses no national security threat to the U.S.
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"He always has with me", Trudeau said.
Later, Canada and Mexico were exempted from the imposition of the trade tariffs.
He spoke to teporters and a group of ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees after touring one of the steel maker's steel galvanizing mills in Hamilton. Mexico is also a member nation of the trade deal.
"Ahead of actually applying border measures on offshore steel, there is a need for the Trudeau government to state its clear policy in dealing with steel diversion", Mr. Herman wrote in a memo to clients Monday.
Steel makers in Canada are pressing the federal government to make sure Canada doesn't become a dumping ground for offshore steel originally destined for the US market. 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.
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Herman says Canada can use the Customs Tariff Act to apply temporary surcharges on steel imports from countries caught trying to do this, as well as tightening up the system that issues permits for any steel imports which he says is more a formality than a check on the system at the moment.
What Trudeau will find here in Hamilton is that steelworkers have a lot of questions and are counting on the Prime Minister to come up with a solid plan to help with the uncertainty of the steel industry. Canadian aluminum is in your fighter jets.
"There is no better security partner to the United States than Canada is so that whole issue of national security is off the table".
Canada is the United States' largest foreign provider of steel and aluminum, with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to that country.
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