Minister Bains defends Canadian aluminum jobs

News release

Canada’s world-class aluminum producers are important contributors to our economy

March 8, 2018 – Montréal, Quebec

The Government of Canada defends Canada’s aluminum workers and aluminum industry.

That was the key message delivered today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, at a round table of aluminum stakeholders in Montréal.

Minister Bains said that Canada’s aluminum producers are world-class and important contributors to our economy and manufacturing supply chains.

Canada is in discussion with other countries in the G20 to ensure the economic security of the industry and to protect Canadian producers.

The government understands that the Canadian and American industries are part of an integrated North American market. This two-way trade is essential to the health of the producers and manufacturing supply chains on both sides of the border. We will continue to engage with the U.S. to preserve this open trade.

Our countries should work together to meet these challenges and to increase opportunities for companies and workers on both sides of the border.


Quotes

“Canada’s aluminum industry sustains thousands of good, middle-class jobs in communities across our country. Our government will defend and champion this important sector and its workers.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • As key allies and partners in NORAD and NATO, Canada and the U.S. are integral to each other’s security.

  • Canada is a safe and secure supplier of aluminum to the U.S. defence industry. In fact, Canada is recognized in U.S. law as a part of the U.S. National Technology and Industrial Base related to national defence.

  • Any duties on Canadian aluminum would directly harm the U.S. industry and U.S. workers.

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Contacts

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Karl Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca


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