Harper plans visit to White House without telling Canadian government: report

However, CTV says the purpose of Harper's meeting is not clear.


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DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN10 - Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, 2010 G8 Summit and Toronto G20 Summit, speaks during the session 'Special Message' at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2010. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Remy Steinegger

OTTAWA — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is reportedly planning a trip to the White House next week, bucking convention by not informing the Canadian government of his visit.

CTV says emails they have obtained show U.S. officials are expecting Harper to visit Washington on July 2, one day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports of a wide range of U.S. goods and as well as steel and aluminum are set to come into effect.

The broadcaster reports Harper is planning to meet with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was the U.S. ambassador to the UN when Harper was prime minister.

However, CTV says the purpose of Harper’s meeting is not clear.

The visit to the U.S. capital comes amid heightened tensions between Canada and the U.S. with the prospect of a trade war.

U.S. President Donald Trump and other administration officials have also engaged in personal attacks against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on political talk shows and social media.

The Canadian Press


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