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Trudeau, Scholz aim to boost business as German chancellor visits Canada

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German chancellor visits Canada to sign crucial energy deal
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

A busy day lies ahead for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the first full day of the German leader’s three-day visit to Canada.

The two leaders will start the day in Montreal with a meeting, at which they will be joined by numerous federal cabinet ministers.

Trudeau’s office says the leaders hope to encourage investment and partnership opportunities, including in the critical minerals and automotive sectors.

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Scholz and Trudeau then plan to tour a national artificial intelligence institute funded by the federal government before heading to Toronto for an official dinner.

Scholz, who took over from Angela Merkel late last year, is also slated to stop in Stephenville in western Newfoundland during his Canadian visit, which began late Sunday.

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Germany, Canada call for return to Nord Stream gas flow

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

Ukraine has criticized Trudeau and his government for agreeing to a request from Germany to exempt Siemens Canada from sanctions against Russia so it could return a turbine for use in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany.

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