G7 leaders can't avoid trade talk at summit with Trump, says Canadian sherpa

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief G7 organizer says world leaders simply cannot avoid a discussion of thorny trade issues when they meet next month in Quebec.

Peter Boehm, the Canadian sherpa, didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, but his comments came during a speech to a symposium on Canadian foreign policy in the age of the disruptive, protectionist influence of Trump.

Boehm says next month's discussion will unfold against the backdrop of the ongoing NAFTA negotiations and the U.S. action to impose steel and aluminum tariffs.

He says that will present challenges for the G7 leaders, but they may be able to reach an agreement on the need for a revitalized World Trade Organization.

Trudeau hosts Trump and their counterparts from world's richest economies next month for two days of talks at a resort in Quebec's Charlevoix region.

Boehm says Canada and its G7 partners remain committed to upholding the international, rules-based trading order.