Canada agriculture minister says discussed steel tariffs with U.S. counterpart

Canada's Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said on Thursday that he had discussed steel and aluminum tariffs with his North American counterparts and was hopeful the issue would be addressed.

“Sonny and I and Secretary Villalobos spoke about trade issues, steel and aluminum tariffs, and the problem it is causing for us, and the three countries and we hope that will be addressed,” he said at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual forum in Washington, referring to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Mexican Agriculture Minister Victor Villalobos.

(This story in second paragraph, restores dropped words in quote, clarifies that MacAulay was referring to Mexican agriculture minister as well as Perdue; adjusts first paragraph to conform.)

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Julie Ingwersen; writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Chizu Nomiyama