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Trudeau Orders Ministers to Take Harder Line on U.S. Trade

  • Mandate letters include language on reciprocal procurement
  • Finance chief also told to consider border carbon tax on steel
Justin Trudeau speaks during an Ottawa news conference on Dec. 15, 2021.
Justin Trudeau speaks during an Ottawa news conference on Dec. 15, 2021.Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is instructing his top economic ministers to take tough positions on trade issues amid growing disputes with the U.S., potentially signaling a more protectionist approach from Canada. 

The marching orders were contained in mandate letters to cabinet ministers released Thursday afternoon, nearly three months after Trudeau was re-elected to a third term in September.