North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The leaders of North America confront rising economic protectionism and nationalism as they meet Wednesday in the Canadian capital.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time is hosting U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa for the North American leaders’ summit. Obama will also address the Canadian Parliament.

The meeting comes one day after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump blamed globalization for the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs and threatened to extricate the United States from NAFTA and the proposed TPP, if he were elected president. And it comes less than a week after Britain voted to exit the European Union.

Canada’s international trade minister says Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are a continent and its leaders believe in building bridges.