Canada says must work hard to ensure firms benefit from EU deal

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government will have to work hard to ensure firms benefit from a landmark free trade deal that Canada has reached with the European Union, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday.

After the EU settled a series of internal disputes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday.

Although Freeland introduced legislation on Monday to ratify the pact, Canada must wait for a vote in the European Parliament before most tariffs are lifted. Both sides have said they expect that vote to take place early next year.

Supporters say CETA will increase bilateral trade by 20 percent. But that will happen only if Canadian exporters – who critics complain are often too timid – make more effort.

“The government is now very, very focused on working with our exporters to be sure they understand the opportunities that …
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