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Why the Canada, EU trade deal may sink due to political and legal pressures

By Michael Geist      

With rising opposition to trade agreements, the fallout from Brexit, and fears in Europe that a Canadian deal could pave the way for an even larger agreement with the United States, banking on past history or delayed votes suggests that CETA is in far bigger trouble than officials would care to admit.

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Steve Gerecke

OTTAWA—The Canadian government has characterized the proposed trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) as its top trade priority. The deal would increase trade by removing tariffs from many products, but also create significant costs. For example, an extension of patent protections for pharmaceutical drugs could raise health-care costs by millions of dollars, while new protections for hundreds of geographical indications may restrict Canadian producers of common cheeses, wines, and meats.

Guilbeault says feds ‘absolutely prepared’ to make tweaks to feds’ media aid package

News|By Beatrice Paez
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.

Feds eyeing ‘social-distancing’ measures in response to growing concerns over coronavirus outbreak, health official says

News|By Palak Mangat
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says there's no plan to repatriate those asking to be repatriated from Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Lead up to Buffalo Declaration ‘disingenuous’ to Alberta, national caucus, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Pollster Nik Nanos called the release of the declaration 'a bit of a veiled threat, especially considering no one was given a heads up and it just came right out of the blue.'

‘A fundamental reset’: pollsters, Indigenous experts call for re-examination of feds’ approach to reconciliation

'There’s no solution here that gives the hereditary chiefs what they want that doesn’t blow the underpinnings of the Canadian regulatory process for reviewing infrastructure,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

MPs still figuring out feedback, as key decisions await Centre Block renovation project

The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.

American presidential election could define new U.S. envoy Aldona Wos’ time in Ottawa, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Aldona Wos is the second straight top Republican donor from a southern U.S. state that U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated as ambassador to Canada.

Prison watchdog calls for independent inquiry into death of sex worker

An independent investigation is necessary to avoid the risk of a ‘self-serving’ report from CSC and the Parole Board, says Ivan Zinger.

MPs to hold emergency debate on Teck’s decision to kill oilsands project

'The decision that was taken was a decision taken by Teck for its reasons,' says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Chinese ambassador touts Beijing’s coronavirus response in panel on Canada-China relations

Beijing's envoy to Canada also suggests that if Ottawa were to release Meng Wanzhou, the bilateral relationship would not only return to status quo, but would be brought to new heights.
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