I can answer that.
On the jobs situation, as I said earlier, I think that a lot of the employers were very concerned in regards to what was coming down the pipe. You know, the deal finally came together fairly quickly. It was kind of a thing where all of a sudden we got up, and within hours we got the thing to come together. As I said earlier, there are companies here that also have to have some assurances that the industry is going to be protected if they are going to invest and expand.
From the labour side, where we represent workers and their various communities, I always say that at one time we had the luxury of decisions of investment or training, whatever the circumstances were, whether they were made in the Soo, made in Regina or made in Quebec.
In the decisions for investment money today, we're competing with some big multinational corporations that are stationed around the world, so to us it's prevalent. The fact is that we want to assure, working with our partners, that they are going to have a fair system that's going to give them opportunity to operate. That's why it's very important that we have a government that says it has our backs.
One of the things that may not have been said here is that if you look at the production of Canadian steel in 2012, we were at 16.6 million tonnes. I think the figure in 2016 or 2017 is down to 13.3 tonnes, so we have lost over three million tonnes of capacity.
You heard me say earlier that you have the new Stelco that is prepared to come back online. If you recall, we had the fiasco with United States Steel coming and not being good neighbours or good employers and basically creating a lot of difficulty.
There should be that opportunity to bring it back, but we're now dealing with foreign ownership. The fact is that if you don't give them any assurances that they can operate without having the things that just recently passed, it's going to be much tougher for us and the communities.