Trade tensions expected to come up in Trudeau-Trump meeting

By Rachel Alello
CTV News
October 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Chrystia Freeland

OTTAWA – When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, it’s expected the ongoing Boeing dispute with Bombardier will come up, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. …Trudeau is set to meet with Trump in Washington, during a two-day trip — overlapping with the kickoff of round four of NAFTA talks in D.C. — followed by a visit to Mexico City where he’s set to sit down with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Freeland expects softwood lumber and the NAFTA renegotiations will also be on the agenda when Trudeau meets with Trump. She said Trudeau will be making a deliberate effort to highlight Canada’s role as the largest market for the U.S., to the “proudly protectionist” U.S. president directly. …Canada’s trade surplus with the United States was $2.3 billion in August, according to Statistics Canada.

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