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Canada is fighting for a place at the table as the world turns to electric vehicles

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OTTAWA—Canada is looking beyond the U.S. to woo European companies to join forces to build supply chains for a greener auto industry as a new protectionist push south of the border threatens the Canadian auto sector.

In the week before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to Washington in a fraught effort to argue the U.S. should aim to build North American-wide supply chains, and not just promote American industry, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne went on his own whirlwind world tour.

Champagne travelled to the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Belgium and France, where he met with major automotive and industrial manufacturers as well as government counterparts to market Canada as a pivotal player in the future of electric battery manufacturing — and key to meeting their climate action commitments.

Champagne met with business leaders in the chemical, battery and electric vehicle sectors at Evonik Industries, Bosch, Mercedes, Eberspächer, Stihl,…

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