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Two weeks after Trudeau, Team Canada delegation wraps up latest D.C. visit

December 3, 2021   The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON (CP) – Canada’s international trade minister is wrapping up her latest official visit to the U.S. capital – her second since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the White House last month.

Mary Ng led a multipartisan Team Canada mission to Capitol Hill for several days of meetings with U.S. lawmakers to talk about a number of lingering irritants.

Topping that list is a proposed tax credit for American-made electric vehicles that Canadian business leaders fear could be devastating to the auto industry north of the border.

The credit, which would be worth up to $12,500 on U.S. vehicles made with union labour, is part of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better bill, which is currently making its way through Congress.

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Ng is also taking issue with the U.S. decision to nearly double duties on Canadian softwood lumber and a threat to ban potato shipments from Prince Edward Island over concerns about a rare fungus.

The delegation also included Conservative MP Randy Hoback, NDP counterpart Daniel Blaikie and Sebastien Lemire of the Bloc Quebecois.