Canada would retaliate USA border tariffs: Foreign minister

Posted February 10, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Iqaluit for a meeting with Canada's national Inuit organization, part of a two-day visit to the Arctic - his first since the 2015 election campaign.

Trudeau's office said in a statement that the leaders looked forward to discussing the two nations" "unique relationship'.

While the two leaders have spoken by telephone several times, this will be their first face-to-face meeting. He is also due to meet with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, according to a statement from the Mexican government.

Trudeau also spoke by telephone on January 21 to Trump, congratulating him on his inauguration, CTV television news reported.

The U.S. opinion is divided over whether Trump's plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will bring back jobs to the United States as promised.

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On his official Twitter account, Prime Minister Trudeau indicated that he would focus on economic issues during the visit.

Last month, though, Trump cleared the way for TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to US refineries.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said after a meeting with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday that her country was opposed to the introduction of new tariffs.

Freeland, a former trade minister, is a strong proponent of free trade and is expected to try to persuade President Donald Trump's administration that Canada should be spared protectionist measures.

After Trudeau's visit on Monday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington on Wednesday.

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