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A Friday to remember: Surprise Wallonia defence hurts Canada’s chances of clinching historic CETA victory

By Omar Allam      

Canadian exporters will need to base their European strategy on the fact that things will never be the same. Every company with interests in these markets will need to assess the impacts of CETA, Brexit, and the outcome of the U.S. election on their commercial operations and overall international strategy. If you haven’t done this already; your competitors have.

Chrystia Freeland Trade Minister, Canada's chief trade negotiator Steve Verheul, and European Parliament President Martin Schulz discussing the Canada-EU trade agreement in Brussels back in April 2016. Photograph courtesy of the EU Parliament

Last week, Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland was driving Canada’s offense through the EU’s red zone with sights set high on a touchdown to bring the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement (CETA) home. With the clock winding down in the 4th quarter, Belgium’s province of Wallonia made a defensive move that Canada (and the European Parliament) wasn’t prepared for. With no timeouts and no other plays in their offensive playbook, Canada got sacked for a loss.

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Feds say too early to talk opening Canada-U.S. border, but experts push for plan

News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Alice Chen
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News|By Neil Moss
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New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
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Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

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UNDRIP law a ‘game changer’ for reconciliation, says AFN’s Bellegarde, calling for accelerated plan in two years

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Duelling Liberal, NDP conventions a pre-election glimpse into campaign readiness

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Canadians are ‘confused and anxious’: COVID-19’s third wave making Trudeau Liberals ‘vulnerable,’ say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians are tired and worried and they aren't making distinctions between the federal and provincial governments.
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