Canada and the United States are trying to negotiate an end to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, with the goal of reaching a deal before the formal signing of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement at the end of November.
Talks have focused on Canada agreeing to a quota on exports of those metals to the United States in exchange for the Trump administration lifting the tariffs, people in both countries with knowledge of the talks said. The Globe and Mail granted anonymity to five sources because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discussed the matter last week at Ms. Freeland’s Toronto home, a Canadian government source said, and agreed they had to reach a resolution.
The sit-down – over a roast-beef dinner cooked by Ms. Freeland – included one of Mr. Lighthizer’s deputies, C.J. Mahoney; Canada’s ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton; as well as members of Ms. Freeland’s family.
Negotiations over steel, which is subject to a 25-per-cent tariff, have been more difficult than talks on aluminum, which faces a 10-per-cent levy, said the source, as well as another Canadian government source. A deal on steel is unlikely before the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the sources said, although an aluminum one might be possible.
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