Minister says in talks with Tesla, other automakers about production in Canada

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FILE PHOTO: Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Wednesday he was talking to many automakers, including Tesla Inc, about establishing more production in Canada.

"Canada is becoming the green supplier of choice to the auto industry and the aerospace industry, that's certainly what I'm proposing," Champagne told reporters in Vancouver.

"Yes, I'm talking to them," Champagne said, in response to a question about reports of Tesla looking to build a factory in Canada. "I'm talking also to all the automakers around the world."

(Reporting by Steve Scherer in Vancouver, writing by Ismail Shakil)