The Harper government is set to eliminate all import tariffs on machinery and equipment, reinforcing its commitment to freer trade even as other members of the Group of 20 nations slip on their pledge to maintain open markets.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty today will announce consultations on his plan to expand a previous tariff reduction initiative to all the gear that automotive parts makers, sawmills, printers and other companies might seek to become more productive as the economy recovers.

While Mr. Flaherty remains open to keeping some levies if the seven-week consultation period generates a compelling reason to do so, his starting...

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