Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington this Wednesday for the first trilateral North-American summit since 2016. Trudeau will be meeting President Joe Biden and Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador tomorrow afternoon.
The so-called Three Amigos summit is expected to bring to the fore differences between Canada and the United States, particularly with regard to the energy sector. Though the summit marks a return to cordial relations between the leaders of Canada and the United States after Donald Trump’s famously fractious relation with Trudeau the leftward tack of the Biden administration may take its toll.
One of the first steps president Biden took on assuming the presidency this year was cancelling phase IV Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the American Midwest. Another Canadian pipeline under fire from environmentalists is Line 5 running through the Great Lakes.
Further energy-related problems in the bilateral relationship are expected to relate to the US administration 12,500 tax rebate on EVs that only applies to vehicles made in the United States, raising cries of protectionism from the Canadian automotive industry.