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Canada watching nervously as Biden, Trump do battle in Michigan over EV strategy

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is displayed, Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in Romulus, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is displayed, Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in Romulus, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Joe Biden is making history today as the first modern U.S. president to visit a picket line -- a big-stakes play for blue-collar votes with implications for Canada.

Biden, an avowedly pro-union president, is in Michigan to commiserate with striking members of the United Auto Workers.

But it's not just about supporting union workers -- the visit is also about defending his all-in strategy on making electric vehicles a cornerstone of U.S. manufacturing.

Donald Trump, Biden's presumptive Republican rival, will be in the state Wednesday to attack that strategy as a looming catastrophe for the auto industry.

It could become a pivotal question in the 2024 election with deep ramifications for Canada's auto sector, which is tightly integrated with U.S. manufacturers.

Eric Miller, president of the D.C.-based Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, says automakers themselves are likely too invested in EVs to reverse course now.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2023. Top Stories

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