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German chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Canada for 3-day visit

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German chancellor visits Canada to sign crucial energy deal
WATCH: More than eight months after he took office, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has begun his first official visit to Canada. The visit comes during a crucial moment for Germany’s energy future amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As Kyle Benning reports, the focus of Scholz’s trip is to grow his country’s energy profile by buying Canadian hydrogen – Aug 21, 2022

German chancellor Olaf Scholz has officially begun a three-day visit to Canada.

Scholz, who took over from Angela Merkel in December last year, touched down in Montreal this evening for a visit that includes scheduled stops in Toronto and Stephenville in western Newfoundland.

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He will be accompanied throughout the tour by vice-chancellor Robert Habeck, who is in charge of the country’s energy file.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was on hand to greet the dignitaries on the tarmac of Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

The chancellor and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to sign a deal for Canada to supply clean hydrogen to Germany, as well as discuss the war in Ukraine.

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Scholz’s arrival coincides with renewed calls from Ukraine for Trudeau to cancel a decision to allow the return of a turbine being repaired in Montreal for use in a Russian pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany.

The Ukrainian ambassador and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress called on Canada to cancel the waiver, which allowed a Canadian company to circumvent sanctions against Russia to return the turbine.

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