Sault MP Terry Sheehan says he’s hoping Canadian steel producers will see some progress made soon that will offer them some relief to the issues that face them.
Sheehan is co-chairing an all party Parliamentary steel caucus with Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina.
The committee had its inaugural meeting last week and included the Canadian Steel Producers Association and steelmakers including Essar Steel Algoma, U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Evraz and Tenaris Tubes.
Essar Steel Algoma and U.S. Steel, based in Hamilton, Ont., are both in creditor protection and undergoing restructuring plans.
“There were some great discussions about the steel industry today and what it means to Canada, the economy and impact it has on both direct and indirect jobs,” Sheehan told The Sault Star in a telephone interview from Ottawa.
The Canadian Steel Producers Association highlighted the industry’s presence in Canadian communities and its role in the auto, infrastructure and energy supply chains sectors.
It also reiterated the CSPA’s proposals for trade remedy modernization and the importance of the ongoing enforcement of non-market economy provisions as it relates to China.
“The Canadian Steel Producers Association is very pleased to see their issues in black and white in the recent budget,” Sheehan said. “They weren’t too sure it was going to happen that quickly. After all, the system hasn’t been modernized in 30 years and over the past 10 years, they got nothing from other steel caucuses.”
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