Re: “New-style trade deals have ominous implications for the future,” (The Hill Times, April 3, p. 14). I would like to respond to the piece by Joseph Maloney on the subject of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by addressing certain inaccuracies, particularly in reference to assertions made about impacts on safety and quality standards and risks to job security for Canadians. CETA is indeed different from Canada’s previous trade deals in that it is by far one of Canada’s most ambitious trade initiatives. The agreement will set new standards in the trade of goods and services, non-tariff barriers, investment, government procurement, as well as labour and the environment. The agreement will build a closer trading relationship between Canada and the European Union, and provide Canadian workers and businesses from a wide range of sectors with increased access to the EU’s lucrative market—the second largest in the world. In no way does this closer trading relationship undermine Canada’s ability to regulate and legislate in the interest of Canadians and its industry sectors. In fact, CETA explicitly preserves the right of governments to regulate and legislate in the public interest, including in areas such as the environment, culture, safety, health, and conservation. How will Canadian jobs be affected by CETA? CETA will create opportunities for new growth and growth leads to jobs, good-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians. It is important to understand that Canada’s entry commitments within the agreement only apply to certain highly-skilled professionals whose admission to Canada is temporary and under a prearranged contract. What this means for Canada’s construction sector and its workers is that, other than certain managers, CETA’s temporary entry commitments do not provide any new access for the construction sector and CETA will not allow Europeans to enter Canada to seek work in competition with Canadians. CETA is the most progressive agreement that Canada or the EU have ever negotiated and will enable great opportunities for Canadians, while ensuring high standards for consumers, workers, and the environment. François-Philippe Champagne Minister of International Trade Ottawa, Ont.