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Harper plans to visit White House but not telling Canadian government

US officials expect him July 2, one day after Canada's retaliatory tariffs on US imports kicks in.


OTTAWA — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is reportedly planning a trip to the White House next week, bucking convention by not informing the Canadian government of his visit.

CTV says e-mails they have obtained show US officials are expecting Harper to visit Washington on July 2, one day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports of a wide range of US goods and as well as steel and aluminum are set to come into effect.

The broadcaster reports Harper is planning to meet with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was the US ambassador to the UN when Harper was prime minister.

However, CTV says the purpose of Harper’s meeting is not clear.

The visit to the US capital comes amid heightened tensions between Canada and the US with the prospect of a trade war.

US President Donald Trump and other administration officials have also engaged in personal attacks against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on political talk shows and social media.

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