Trudeau praises Ceta as 'blueprint' for trade deals

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was negotiated for almost five years and four months.

"Now, we live in a time when many people are anxious that the current system only benefits society's luckiest few".

The Canadian Prime Minister seems content on skipping London for Strasbourg, with Finance Minister Bill Morneau telling the Financial Times that while his heart nurses warm and nostalgic feelings about the United Kingdom, his head told him that the priority for Canadian trade was the US, EU, and China.

Trudeau will use his keynote address to warn that more needs to be done to address the anxieties of middle-class people who aren't getting ahead, because if nothing is done to ease those concerns, the world will have larger problems on its hands, officials say. As the vast majority of provisions in CETA will come into force in April, tangible benefits from the deal will be perceived quite rapidly, said the premier, speaking to the press.

"This vote for a unilateral, regional measure simply risks polarising debate among IMO Member States which have already agreed to develop a strategy for reducing shipping's Carbon dioxide emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change". said ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett. The mobilization against CETA has been one of the strongest European democracy movements ever seen, including the voices of 3.5 million people from all over Europe who have signed a petition against CETA and its twin agreement, the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

With 695 members of the European Parliament present, the agreement was ratified after three hours of sometimes loud debate by a vote of 408-254, with 33 abstentions, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada's national newscaster.

The European People's Party member said no one would vote for the agreement if that was the case.

He also said the EU-Canada deal could make future deals easier - with Brexiteers saying this will pave the way for a Ottawa-London trade deal.

The approval of CETA by the European Parliament provides a much needed victory for positive globalisation and the wider EU trade policy, says Simon Bergulf, Director of EU Affairs at Danish Shipowners' Association.

For example, the tariff reduction package is one of the most comprehensive the European Union has ever achieved in the context of an FTA. We believe that the current economic model does not reflect the Gospel values of solidarity, justice, dignity and respect for all of Creation. "We co-operate in tackling common challenges such as migration, sustainable development, climate change and terrorism", said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in what appeared to be a thinly veiled rebuttal to Trump's protectionist and anti-immigration policies.

Trade between Canada and the European Union will never be huge, at least not relative to Canada-U.S. trade.

The Canadian leader will next travel to Berlin, where he will meet with German President Joachim Gauck and have a working lunch with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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