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Royal visit ‘peak’ of Belgian envoy’s posting, despite elusive CETA stamp

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Raoul Delcorde praised trade between Canada and Belgium, with both already benefitting from CETA despite its slow progress through Belgium’s regional parliaments for full ratification.

Raoul Delcorde, the Belgian ambassador to Canada, is leaving his post on Aug. 28 after four years in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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As Raoul Delcorde closes out his four-year diplomatic term this month, he’ll return to Brussels with 46 new agreements between Belgium and Canada—but that doesn't include the finalized pact he’d expected coming in. The Belgian ambassador to Canada arrived in Ottawa in early September 2014, mere weeks before then-Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper hosted European leaders to declare a “new era” in trade relations—the conclusion of talks toward a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. But "it was

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