The leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico met in Washington this week for the first time since 2016 with the intent to strengthen co-operation on the economy, security, health, and migration.  Going into the one-day summit on Nov. 18, concerns about protectionist policies in the United States and Mexico had been raised by different stakeholders. One such concern—the Biden administration’s controversial $12,500 tax credit for American-made electric vehicles—came up a few hours before the summit during the customary fireside photo op in the Oval Office. When asked if the proposed tax credit would be amended to spare the Canadian auto industry, President Joe Biden said, “I don’t know.” “We’re going to talk about that to some extent,” he said. “We haven’t even passed it yet in the House—there’s a lot of complicating factors.” The tax credit of up to US$12,500 for new EVs is part of a US$1.75-trillion …


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