Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MP and Co-chair of the All-party Parliamentary Steel Caucus, Bob Bratina was the keynote speaker at last month’s 26th meeting of the North America Steel Trade Counsel (NASTC) in Ottawa.
The meeting is made up of senior industry and government representatives from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Counsel meetings are held twice annually to discuss the state of the North American steel industry and value chain, and to address concerns about regulation and enforcement of fair trade.
“Two of our Government’s strong initiatives are climate change and human rights, both of which enter into consideration with global steel production,” said Bratina. “Our North American steel producers abide by the strictest emission and environmental standards in the world, and failure to support them would result in huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing world producers.”
One of the most important points to emerge from the meeting was the necessity of changing the image of steel production to reflect modem day practices.
“A false image of steel production is perpetuated by constant reference to rust-belt industries,” explained. “Modem day steel-making is at the highest level of advanced manufacturing, and steel is North America’s most recycled material. We have to work to change people’s perception of the steel industry, and the Parliamentary Steel Caucus is committed to working with Government and industry experts to do so.”
The next NASTC meetings will be held in Washington D.C. next spring.