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Trade agreement approved, but not done deal

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Council president Donald Tusk were finally able to sign the landmark Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after a dramatic two weeks when the deal appeared to be hanging by a thread.

β€œThe parties averted disaster,” said Milos Barutciski, a partner with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto.

The impasse was caused when the parliament of Wallonia, an agricultural and industrial region in southern Belgium plagued with high unemployment, rejected the deal. Belgium needed the support...