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British, Canadian PMs set for talks on Bombardier-Boeing spat

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet in Ottawa next week and are set to discuss a crisis between U.S. firm Boeing Co and its Canadian rival Bombardier, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

UPDATE:  Jobs at aerospace firm Bombardier in Northern Ireland are hugely important to the province’s economy, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Tuesday, explaining her intervention in a trade dispute with U.S. rival Boeing.

Earlier this year, Boeing launched a potentially damaging trade challenge action against Bombardier, alleging it is dumping its new C-Series passenger jets on the U.S. market.


May raised the issue in a call with U.S. President Trump earlier this month.

“These jobs are of huge importance to Northern Ireland and the economy in Northern Ireland and the prime minister wished to make that point to the president,” the spokesman told reporters, adding there had been a lot of government engagement with Boeing to try to persuade the company to drop or settle the case.

“It is in everyone’s interests that we safeguard Bombardier’s operations and the highly skilled workers that it has in Belfast.”

The source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the two leaders would hold talks on Sept. 18. Boeing has launched a potentially damaging trade action against Bombardier, which is a major employer in both Canada and Britain.