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Trudeau Team Feared Trucker Protest Would Harm US Trade Ties

  • Bridge blockade came amid talks with Biden on EV tax credits
  • Top finance official testifies at probe into emergency powers
Protesters block access to the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario on Feb. 11, 2022.
Protesters block access to the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario on Feb. 11, 2022.Photographer: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg
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Canada’s government was worried about the hit to its reputation from trucker-convoy trade disruptions as it negotiated with the US on electric-vehicle incentives.

Michael Sabia, the top civil servant in the finance department, told a public inquiry into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation of emergency powers that border blockades came at an especially bad time for Canada, which was already battling US protectionist measures.