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Trudeau Touts Trade, Warns of Protectionism at G7 Summit

(Andy Blatchford – Canadian Press)

Justin Trudeau talked up trade and warned of creeping protectionism Thursday as he met powerful world leaders in a G7 setting for the first time.

On the opening day of the G7 summit in Japan, Trudeau also used his audience with the heads of some of the planet’s biggest economies to promote Canada’s free-trade deal with Europe.

He focused on the Canada-European Union treaty, known as CETA, in a bilateral chat with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trudeau discussed the pact again in a one-on-one meeting with French President Francois Hollande.

And, in a working session with all the leaders, Trudeau once more touted the merits of international trade. Click here to read more.

Related: Canada Concerned by Rising Global Waves of Protectionism (Bloomberg)