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Trudeau’s meeting with Trump in Washington will set tone for years

Trudeau’s meeting with Trump in Washington will set tone for years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to find “common ground” with U.S. President Donald Trump when they meet for a high-stakes meeting in Washington.

By TONDA MACCHARLES – Ottawa Bureau reporter
BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH OTTAWA BUREAU
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to the White House Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, a high-stakes session that will set the tone for relations between the two nations for years to come.

Personal relationships between leaders matter, says David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada.

The upcoming meeting is “immensely important” for the two leaders “to meet and develop a good working relationship,” said Wilkins, past envoy for Republican president George W. Bush in Ottawa. “I think the key is to find middle ground, and there’s plenty of middle ground to find.”…..

Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, one of many stakeholders the Trudeau government has consulted, said in an interview, “You can’t make a car, you can’t do a final assembly in any of the three countries without sourcing parts from the other two.”

“Part of the discussion is to make sure everyone understands that in our business there are no borders. And the American interest exists in all three countries, as well as the Mexican and Canadian interest.”

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