Ontario objects to parts of US Steels proposed financing plan for CanadianOntario objects to parts of US Steels proposed financing plan for Canadian


TORONTO — Queen’s Park is raising objections about how U.S. Steel proposes to finance its Canadian arm while the former Stelco attempts to forge a court-supervised compromise with its creditors.[np_storybar title=”A case of buyer’s remorse? What went wrong at U.S. Steel Canada” link=”business.financialpost.com/2014/09/17/us-steel-canada-stelco/”]The exuberance that greeted United States Steel Corp.’s purchase of Stelco Inc. in 2007 is a distant memory as the company begins restructuring its Canadian operations under bankruptcy protection. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Finance Minister Charles Sousa says Queen’s Park has filed an objection with the court to protect the interests of the provincial government and the Ontario steel maker’s employees, retirees, creditors and their communities.“Ontario supports a restructuring that is based on consensus and that gives the best value to employees, retirees, creditors, and communities,” Sousa said in a statement Friday.The government said it’s concerned that some of the conditions attached to about $185 million in temporary funding from Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel could have a negative impact on employees and retirees of its Canadian subsidiary.U. S. Steel Canada, with operations at Lake Erie Works and Hamilton Works, has the capability of producing approximately 2.6 million tons of steel annually. It employs about 2,000 people and has thousands of retired employees.The company has said it hopes to sell both properties by next October. A sale process for Hamilton Works, which has been permanently closed since December 2013 after being idled in late 2010, could begin within months with a sale of Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke to begin in March.Steelworkers union ‘extremely concerned’ with U.S. Steel Canada restructuringU.S. Steel Corp’s Canadian unit files for creditor protectionU.S. Steel Canada has accumulated an operating loss of about $2.4 billion since 2009 and filed for court protection from creditors on Sept. 16.The province is one of US Steel Canada’s creditors due to a $150-million loan to the company.U.S. Steel Canada has said it will carry on business as usual while it develops and implements a comprehensive restructuring solution under a process government by the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, or CCAA.Typically, a company in CCAA attempts to obtain a committment for money — referred to as debtor-in-possession financing — that can be used to pay its expenses during a process taking months or years to complete.

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