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BRIEF-Canada's Trudeau says steel, aluminum tariffs were biggest barrier to USMCA ratification

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May 17 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a Stelco steel plant in Hamilton, Ontario, says:

* U.S. REMOVAL OF STEEL, ALUMINUM TARIFFS IS "TERRIFIC NEWS"

* STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS WERE GREATEST BARRIERS TO USMCA RATIFICATION, OPTIMISTIC CAN MOVE FORWARD ON IT IN COMING WEEKS

* WILL WORK WITH UNITED STATES ON TIMING OF USMCA RATIFICATION (Reporting by Steve Scherer)