Canada And European Union Sign Historic Trade Agreement During EU-Canada Summit

News from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Posted October 30th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Forward Note from Niagara At Large – We are posting the “good news” on the signing of this trade deal, as circulated to media outlets across the country, for our reader’s information and for readers to comment on below. More critical commentary on the deal is sure to follow soon, and that will be posted here too.

Keep in mind, that this trade deal still needs to be ratified by Canada’s Parliament before it is a done deal, so get ready for some fireworks from the opposition party benches.)

Canada is committed to deepening trade and investment links with new and traditional partners. Negotiating trade agreements, such as the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will benefit Canadians, create new job opportunities, and help to grow the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs trade deal with his European Union counterparts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs trade deal with his European Union counterparts.

In keeping with these objectives, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, together with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, signed CETA during today’s (this October 30th) European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit.

CETA is a modern, progressive trade agreement that, when implemented, will generate billions of dollars in bilateral trade and investment, provide greater choice and lower prices to consumers, and create middle class jobs in many sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. Both Canada and the EU are committed to bringing CETA into force as soon as possible.

The leaders also signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which will enhance cooperation in important areas such as energy, environment and climate change, migration and peaceful pluralism, counter-terrorism and international peace and security, and effective multilateralism.

CETA is the product of hard work, frank negotiations, and a common commitment – by the Prime Minister, the Minister of International Trade, and countless Canadian public servants – to a strong Canada-EU partnership.

Quotes

“The signing of CETA is a historic occasion. This modern and progressive agreement will reinforce the strong links between Canada and the EU, and create vast new opportunities for Canadians and Europeans alike—opening new markets for our exporters, offering more choices and better prices to consumers, and forging stronger ties between our economies.” – Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The Canada-EU partnership is based on shared values, a long history of close cooperation, and strong people-to-people ties. The signing of CETA and the SPA sets the stage for even deeper relations in the future which will bolster the middle class on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“CETA will offer significant benefits for most sectors of the Canadian economy, from fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador, to aerospace workers in Quebec, and from people assembling automobiles in Ontario, to forest industry workers in British Columbia to miners in the Northwest Territories.” Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • In addition, the leaders issued a joint statement following the Summit that outlines commitments and key areas of focus for Canada and the EU in coming years. The statement focused on shared values and interests including peace, democracy, prosperity, protection of human rights, rule of law, environment, inclusion and cultural diversity.
  • CETA will provide Canada with access to the EU’s more than 500 million consumers. Canadian workers throughout the country stand to benefit significantly from increased access to this 28 country market which generates $20 trillion in annual economic activity.
  • The elimination of EU tariffs will assist sectors in every region of Canada, including advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri-food, automotive, chemicals and plastics, fish and seafood, forestry and value-added wood products, metal and mineral products and technology.
  • EU-Canada summits are held as agreed upon by the Prime Minister of Canada and the presidents of the European Council and European Commission.
  • This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the first Canada‑EU Framework Agreement (1976) and the establishment of the EU’s diplomatic mission in Ottawa.
  • Canada’s trade and investment relations continue to grow with the EU, the world’s second largest single market, and Canada’s second largest bilateral trading partner. Of Canada’s 21 priority markets for investment attraction, 11 are in the EU.

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2 responses to “Canada And European Union Sign Historic Trade Agreement During EU-Canada Summit

  1. In order to get the Belgium region of Walloon what did Canada have to surrender? The media states that it was a EU problem, but we strongly suspect the solution involves a Canadian compromise. Canadian politicians allow history to repeat itself. As with all trade agreements the media promotes the ‘so called’ benefits to Canadians. After the signing of these agreements, we hear of loss of jobs and/.or multi national corporations successfully suing the Canadian government for loss of profits. Canadians have to surrender our standard of living to accommodate the freed of the corporations.

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  2. Being unable to comprehend the machinations of big business, I am always wary of such deals but hope this will be better than the TPP (disastrous due to the cheap Asian labour which already floods our country with inferior crap and has no environmental conscience) and better than NAFTA (because the US always makes sure it comes out on top by hook or by crook). At least much of Europe is culturally and economically more on a par with Canada so the deal may be more balanced.

    Trade is a necessity. We cannot survive without it. Canada’s problem has always been selling our raw materials cheaply and then buying back products made elsewhere. That is a really stupid policy. We have vast stores of raw materials that others need and want and we stupidly fail to develop them ourselves thus losing both job opportunities and profits.

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