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Trade ministers topped lobbying list last month during height of tariff spat

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Foreign Affairs Minister Chyrstia Freeland was in the room with groups like Rio Tinto Aluminium, General Motors, and Magna International last month, which 'signals the seriousness' of the situation, considering how busy she is, says Summa Strategies consultant Kate Harrison.

Former minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne (who is now Infrastructure minister), Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor were the top lobbied cabinet ministers in June. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

U.S. tariff threats and Canada’s response made then-Trade minister François-Philippe Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland most in-demand among lobbyists in June as many sought to position themselves ahead of Canada’s response to American steel and aluminum tariffs, and the “spectre” of an automobile tariff, according to the lobbyists registry on monthly communications for June.

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