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Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel affirm support for CETA

Canada-EU free trade deal is expected to breeze through the House of Commons on Tuesday


 
Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a joke at the NATO Summit in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a joke at the NATO Summit in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked trade during a telephone call today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany is Europe’s biggest economy and the two leaders affirmed their support for the Canada-EU free trade deal, which both sides hope to finalize next year.

Trudeau signed the deal with EU leaders in October, but not before a region of Belgium had to be persuaded out of using a constitutional veto that nearly torpedoed seven years of negotiations.

The House of Commons is expected to give second reading approval tonight to the bill that would implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.

The bill would then be studied by the Commons trade committee, but it’s not clear how long those hearings would last.

The bill is expected to win approval because CETA is supported by both the majority Liberal government and the Conservative opposition.


 
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Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel affirm support for CETA

  1. There is no positive financial reason for CETA to succeed. The Liberals are missing the trend and the economic reality that the EU is on it’s way out. There will be nothing left of it within ten years. Unfortunately the Canadian government is unable to see outside their political bubble. Similar to Obama, Trudeau believes that people follow politicians. Fortunately people only follow as long as it ultimately benefits them. i suspect that Canada will follow the USA trend within the next few years as the Canadian economy is impacted by USA policies that do not support a Liberal agenda.

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