Trudeau marks Canada Day with a visit to a tomato factory ripe with symbolism

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:48 GMT, Jul 2, 2018 |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated Canada Day with a visit to a Canadian tomato paste production facility on Sunday (July 1), the same day Canadian retaliatory tariffs take effect on U.S. goods, including a 10% tax on American ketchup, Canadian media reported.

Trudeau visited a Highbury Canco tomato paste production plant and met with its executives in Leamington, Ontario, CBC news reported. Highbury Canco is a former Heinz ketchup factory that now produces tomato paste used to make French’s ketchup. French’s — though a U.S.-based company — markets its ketchup as Canadian-made and even has a maple leaf on the bottle.

Trudeau later met with steelworkers in Saskatchewan. The Canadian tariffs largely target U.S. steel and aluminum products, along with other foodstuffs such as coffee and whisky, amounting to $12.6 billion (USD) worth of American goods, according to a list released by Canada’s Finance Department.

Trudeau did not address the trade dispute directly during the visit to the tomato processing factory, but said that Canadians “look at challenges as opportunities to grow.”

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