Trudeau’s trade talk to be tested on 10-day, three coun­try trip

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s ef­forts to find new mar­kets for Cana­dian goods and ser­vices will be on dis­play dur­ing a 10-day voy­age across Europe and Asia he’s about to start.

Trudeau trav­els first to France, then Sin­ga­pore and Pa­pua New Guinea, where he’ll push his gov­ern­ment’s oft-stated goal of di­ver­si­fy­ing trade be­yond the United States. Ob­servers say Trudeau’s big­gest test will be in the last two stops.

He’ll try to con­vince coun­tries in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion that Canada will pay more at­ten­tion to a re­gion where trade deals of­ten de­pend on per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. For­eign-pol­icy ex­perts who keep track of Canada’s trade in­ter­ests there cau­tion that Trudeau is likely to re­turn home with a se­ries of project agree­ments rather than any ma­jor new trade treaties.

The prime min­is­ter is also be­ing pushed to ask French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron to rat­ify the fi­nal bits of a free-trade deal with Europe ahead of next year’s Eu­ro­pean par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

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