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Nova Scotia premier to discuss trade issues during trip to Washington, D.C.

Premier Stephen McNeil is pictured. Nova Scotia Premier's Office

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he will travel to Washington, D.C., on Monday to discuss potential American tariffs on cars and auto parts.

McNeil says he will meet with officials at the United States Department of Commerce to talk about the effect tariffs would have on the auto sector.

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He says tires made by Michelin in Nova Scotia would be affected because of North America’s highly integrated manufacturing of automobiles and the fact the company operates on both sides of the international border.

McNeil says he wants to impress upon American officials that tariffs would affect jobs in the U.S. while imperilling investment opportunities in Nova Scotia.

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The French-based tire giant has three plants in Nova Scotia and employs more than 3,200 workers, according to the company’s website.

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McNeil said he has been reassured of the company’s continued commitment to the province.

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