Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan has been named to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.
The Standing Committee on International Trade studies reports on such matters as international trade policy, and the global trade and investment environment.
“I look forward to working even closer with the minister and the rest of the committee on the very important international trade file,” Sheehan said in the release.
“Trade is critical to the growth of the economy of Sault Ste. Marie and for the entire country.”
Sheehan said he was chosen for the role because Sault Ste. Marie is a Canada/U.S. border town, he has extensive experience and knowledge of business and economic development, and he’s recently advocated for Canada’s steel industry.
He's additionally chair of the Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus, co-chair of the All-Party Steel Caucus, and a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Sheehan’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie is particularly impacted by the steel industry, as the Essar Steel Algoma mill is the city’s primary employer and economic development generator.
It has been struggling to work its way out of creditor protection, under which it’s been operating since 2015.
The company has said it has found a new buyer for the steel mill, which is expected to take over operations by the end of September.