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Belgium expected to ratify CETA within the year, says envoy, despite earlier cold feet

By Shruti Shekar      

Plus, the French ambassador is hosting a March 21 charity dinner featuring creations by the PM's personal chef.

Belgian Ambassador Raoul Delcorde, speaking to reporters on March 8 at Ottawa's Rideau Club on Bank Street, says Belgium has more support for CETA than it did 18 months ago. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Belgium's ambassador says his country is on board with ratifying the Canada-European Union free trade deal before the country's next election in 2019. After one part of the country held up the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement at a crucial point in 2016, “the perception [of CETA]....is much more positive than it was 18 months ago," Raoul Delcorde told reporters at a March 8 briefing to preview this week's state visit by the Belgian king and queen. The northern Dutch-speaking Flanders

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