Canadian Steel Company CEO Says Freeland Is “Way Out Of Her League” In Tariff Talks

Barry Zekelman says there’s a deal to be had right away.

Barry Zekelman, the chair and CEO of Canadian steel company Zekelman Industries, ripped Chrystia Freeland on her approach to steel tariff negotiations with the U.S.

Zekelman spoke at the Parliament building to a committee on international trade.

According to reports, here’s some of what Zekelman said:

“They have stalled and blown this big time, and our consumers and our industry in Canada is suffering because of it. We’re waiting for someone’s ego. They need to get into a room and get the deal done … whether Freeland picks up the phone and calls (U.S. Trade Representative) Robert Lighthizer and says here it is … the deal is available this afternoon. This can be solved. Literally, I can do it this afternoon. How do I know that? I’ve talked to Mr. Lighthizer myself. We could have had that a long time ago. This is the worst negotiating I’ve seen.”

Zekelman also added that Lighthizer doesn’t like negotiating with Freeland:

“He can’t stand negotiating with her because she’s just not a businessperson. She’s way out of her league.”

Freeland and the Trudeau Liberals have faced tremendous criticism – particularly from the Official Opposition – for not getting an end to steel tariffs in the USMCA deal.

While the government has tried to spin the deal as a good thing, the more Canadians look at the deal the more people are seeing that the U.S. got a bunch of one-sided concessions from Freeland & Trudeau, while Canada didn’t get any real concessions in return.

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Ron Voss

This fawning admirer of Trudeau is out of her league in all respects.


I listen to President Trumps speech at the U.N. again, and some of the U.N.’s globalist dictators laughed at first, but POTUS pin cushioned the U.N. he could see through their sick elite globalist ways and destruction. Then you look at our U.N. controlled un-Canadian spoiled selfish childish puppet rulers, I do not want them in Canada let alone making deals they can not understand or fix, ( like Canada’s finances and huge debt fixing it’s self) I have no idea what kind of very “questionable people” voted for this? Again Canada suffers at the U.N. controlled Trudopers of the… Read more »

Paul Ouellet

Is their not something that can be done about the incompetence of the liberals and the idiot trudeau


Yes there is. It’s called the next election.

Gonzo the Magnificent

Yeah but let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. Trudeau might be reelcted with a minority government – don’t count this out!


Everyone thinks Trumps a fool. Just the way he likes it. But he’s not someone to mess with, especially when he’s got the upper hand. Media won’t cover it buts he’s hot more done than any president in the last 100 years.

Eric Blair

From what I have seen of Freeland when she speaks, she probably lapsed into French during the negotiations with Lighthizer, did a little wave, acknowledge that the negotiations, if occuring in Canada, was on first nations land all the while wearing that same white dress that is way to short in length and way to tight. Yeah… real business like.

don morris

I am SO pleased someone finally had the courage to say what most Canadians already believe concerning Freeland.