On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Ed Whalen joined me for an in-depth explanation of the Liberal government's handout of $42 billion worth of construction projects to China instead of Canada.
The job calls for two liquid natural gas (LNG) projects to be assembled in British Columbia. But, under the Trudeau deal, the LNG projects will be assembled on arrival in Canada from prefabricated modules built in China. These steel modules include components spanning multiple trades — the electrical, piping and plumbing needed for the final design will all be fitted in China.
Import duties on fabricated structural steel — which apply to these prefab modules — were put in place against several countries including China after they were found illegally dumping steel here in Canada. Steel dumping occurs when steel is sold very cheaply to a foreign market in order to wipe out domestic producers.
The tariffs on Chinese steel are being dropped for this project.
A few weeks ago at a press conference in Ottawa, I encouraged the Canadian media to ask Chrystia Freeland to defend the decision to allow this project to go ahead. They had never heard of it!
According to Whalen, steel fabricators all across Canada are capable of doing this work but they're not even being asked to bid — it's all going straight to China.