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Hannah Sylvestre

Trudeau jammed in EV trade war

International automaker Stellantis recently ordered workers to down tools at a CA$5-billion EV battery plant it is building in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit – an unwelcome surprise for PM Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

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David Johnston, Canada's special rapporteur on foreign interference, holds a press conference about his findings and recommendations in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Bonfire of the Sanities: How does China win?

How Beijing wins is a question engulfing US and Canadian politics, with hysteria over spy balloons, election meddling, and Taiwan slouching toward a low-rent neo-McCarthyism. And it’s a fair question. China is spying on everyone (even their friend-with-oil-benefits Russia is busting them for some hypersonic snooping), stealing IP, beefing up their military, and, in the case of Canada, actively undermining democracy.

The wolf warriors are snarling, but these geopolitical noises are nothing new. The question is what to do about it.

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Luisa Vieira

Electric vehicle wars

Ahead of the G-7 summit in Japan, PM Justin Trudeau stopped in South Korea to chat with President Yoon Suk Yeol about security and economic ties. At the top of Trudeau’s list of priorities? Convincing South Koreans that Ottawa remains committed to Canada’s first electric-vehicle battery plant in the state of Ontario that, according to the companies building it, is currently on the chopping block.

But what does an EV mega factory in Windsor, Ontario, have to do with … South Korea?

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Hiroshima Airport in Japan.

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Ahead of G-7, Canada seeks cooperation in Asia

Trudeau landed in Hiroshima on Thursday to discuss global security, economic resilience, climate change, and energy with the other G-7 leaders. As in South Korea, Canada’s top business priority is likely to be seeking markets for critical minerals.

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In April, Hillary Clinton visited Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

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A Clinton in Ottawa

Canadian Liberals gathered in Ottawa on Thursday for their annual political convention. This year’s event features a special guest appearance from Hillary Clinton, who will be chatting with Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland on Friday. Coincidence? Well, it’s hard to ignore the parallels.

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Luisa Vieira

Trudeau and Biden line up … to take on China

In a speech last week in New York, PM Justin Trudeau took a shot at China while talking up Canada’s lithium production.

“The lithium produced in Canada is going to be more expensive because we don’t use slave labor because we put forward environmental responsibility as something we actually expect to be abided by because we count on working … in partnership with indigenous peoples, paying fair living wages, expecting security and safety standards.”

Trudeau was trying to frame a policy choice for Americans: buy virtuous, ethical Canadian lithium or unethical, Chinese lithium. This message, which Trudeau and Deputy PM & Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland keep delivering, is in line with President Joe Biden’s priority of friend-shoring, or trading with reliable partners – not China.

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US Ambassador to Canada addresses concerns over Trump indictment and political turmoil | GZERO World

US Ambassador to Canada addresses concerns over Trump indictment and political turmoil

David Cohen, the US ambassador to Canada, doesn't seem too worried about the indictment of former President Donald Trump affecting his job. But that's not to say that US politics aren't stirring up some commotion in Canada.

In conversation with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, Cohen was questioned on how a potential Trump comeback could impact Canada, as well as the extent to which the US is exporting its political turmoil.

Canadian Ambassador to the US, Kirsten Hillman, chimed in, acknowledging that Canada has historically been sensitive to US politics.

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South Korea's President Yoon isn't the only world leader with rhythm | GZERO Media

World leaders with rhythm: South Korea's President Yoon chimes in

It was not, in fact, the day the music died.

The internet enjoyed a surprise moment when South Korea's President Yoon busted into song - specifically, American Pie - at a White House state dinner.

He's not the only world leader with rhythm. Watch our quick video compilation to remember some memorable tunes produced by heads of state.

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