Nov 19, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Calling it “extremely effective,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared pleased Thursday night in Washington as he talked about his trilaterial summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

(Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enter the East Room for a North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) at the White House on Nov. 18, 2021, in Washington, D.C. | Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“I did have an opportunity to directly raise concerns about the proposed electric vehicle tax credit as well as discussing the Buy America initiatives and concerns around the Line 5 situation,” Trudeau told reporters.

Canadian automakers have described the controversial U.S. tax credit for American-made electric vehicles as a potential blow for the industry here, while Biden’s protectionist Buy American rhetoric and Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline are also growing irritants.

In front of reporters and cameras earlier in the day, Biden was non-committal on any changes to the electric vehicle tax.

He said they, “we haven’t even passed it yet in the House, and there’s (sic) a lot of complicating factors.”

The proposal is part of the $1.75-trillion climate change and social spending package currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.

Trudeau returns home to Ottawa on a flight Friday morning.

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