Canada minister off to Detroit, Washington on aid

Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:40pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement will meet executives from the Big Three auto firms in Detroit on Wednesday and officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss requests for a bailout for the automobile industry.

A statement on Tuesday from Clement, who has said he was not ruling aid for the sector either in or out, said he would travel with Michael Bryant, minister of economic development of Ontario, Canada's biggest car-making province.

In Detroit he will meet executives from Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co and General Motors Corp. In Washington, he will "gather information on options being considered by the U.S. government to assist the automotive sector," the statement said.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)