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Perplexing silence hangs over proposed Canada, E.U. trade pact

In Governance
Jul 15th, 2011
By GARY MASON Globe and Mail July 15 2011
When Canada’s premiers gather in Vancouver next week, it’s hard to imagine that the subject of trade talks with the European Union won’t come up. The potential ramifications of any deal for the provinces are enormous. And yet there has been little discussion in Canada about the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which is perplexing given the far-reaching implications for this country of any pact with the EU.
Latest CETA round draws criticism and questions
By Stuart Trew Council of Canadians July 17 2011
I’m fresh off the plane from Brussels after a really successful mission to Europe for the 8th round of CETA talks.
EU, Canada trade pact stalls on public services
By Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck Reuters Jul 14, 2011
BRUSSELS- Talks about a free-trade pact between Europe and Canada stalled this week as negotiators disagreed on how to open public contracts and services markets to each other’s operators. It now seems unlikely a pact that could add billions to annual income and strengthen transatlantic ties will be signed this year as planned, people briefed on the issue said.
Canada-EU trade talks delayed, but whose fault is it?
Council of Canadians July 14, 2011
Delay said to be on European side where there’s dissatisfaction with provincial demands for exlusion of hydro utilities and transit.

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