Canada, Europe cheer EU trade deal

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MIKE BLANCH­FIELD

OT­TAWA — Law­mak­ers in Canada and Europe are hail­ing Wed­nes­day’s ap­proval of the Canada-EU free trade deal by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment as a win for the val­ues of open­ness in the face of anti-trade move­ments, in­clud­ing the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The leg­is­la­ture in Stras­bourg, France, ap­proved the Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment by a mar­gin of 408-254, clear­ing a ma­jor hur­dle for the deal that saw its first round of bar­gain­ing al­most eight years ago and has had to over­come mount­ing anti-trade pop­ulism in Europe.

Canada’s Par­lia­ment is also ex­pected to rat­ify the deal in the com­ing months, which will al­low the deal to take ef­fect with­out the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Euro­pean Union’s 28 mem­ber coun­tries and nu­mer­ous re­gional gov­ern­ments.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau was en route to France to de­liver his own pro-trade mes­sage in an ad­dress Thurs­day to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, a first for a Cana­dian leader, and to top busi­ness lead­ers a day later in Ger­many.

In Canada Wed­nes­day, Trudeau sang the praises of the deal as ev­i­dence of the mer­its of glob­al­iza­tion.

“I think it’s an il­lus­tra­tion that when you put for­ward a pro­gres­sive trade deal that takes into ac­count the re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ments to cre­ate good mid­dle-class jobs, cre­ate in­clu­sive growth — not just for a few, but for ev­ery­one — (and) that fo­cuses on the mid­dle class, we can move for­ward on glob­al­iza­tion.”

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