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This excerpt taken from the X 8-K filed Jan 11, 2008.

Independent Auditors’ Report

The Board of Directors

U. S. Steel Canada Inc., formerly operating as Stelco Inc.

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial position of Stelco Inc. as of December 31, 2006 and March 31, 2006 and the related consolidated statements of loss, retained deficit, and cash flows for the nine month period ended December 31, 2006. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Stelco Inc. as of December 31, 2006 and March 31, 2006 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the nine month period ended December 31, 2006 in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, on January 20, 2006, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the Company’s Plan of Arrangement and Reorganization (the Plan). The Plan became effective on March 31, 2006 and the Company emerged from Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection. In connection with its emergence from Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection, the Company adopted fresh-start reporting as of March 31, 2006 as further described in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements.

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 2 to the financial statements, the Company is dependent upon a strong North American steel market and improving financial results. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Canadian generally accepted accounting principles vary in certain significant respects from US generally accepted accounting principles. Information relating to the nature of such differences is presented in note 24 to the consolidated financial statements.

 

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Chartered Accountants, Licensed Public Accountants
Hamilton, Canada
January 11, 2008

 

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