Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in Quebec City on Monday, discussing energy and environmental issues, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and his New Zealand counterpart – and will likely also emphasize the importance of the supply chain that links Canadian mining and energy companies with U.S. manufacturers.
The meeting at the historic Chateau Frontenac is Trudeau’s latest with a top-level U.S. official. He also visited White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney earlier this month to discuss health care, U.S.-Canadian border issues and immigration.
Trudeau has faced criticism on trade, particularly in the Midwest, where tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada as well as elsewhere have recently driven up costs and deterred investment.
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other trade disputes are expected to be a central topic of conversation as Trudeau, Biden and Peña Nieto are all visiting the region this week.
Trudeau has stressed that the historic ties between Canada and the United States won’t end with the end of Trump’s administration.
“Canada will work with the Trump administration to negotiate a modernized NAFTA. Canada will remain a close economic partner and a close strategic partner of the United States,” Trudeau told Fox News earlier this month.