Louth MEP welcomes 'swooning' Canadian PM Justin Trudeau


MEPs hailed the deal as a rare victory for an imperilled global trade system that is under threat from US President Trump who opposes far-reaching trade deals.

"It couldn't come at a more important time for the world", said lawmaker Peter Harder, Trudeau's representative in Canada's Senate. "Over the next years, the Canadian work is very good for relations between us and America".

"This vote for a unilateral, regional measure simply risks polarising debate among IMO Member States which have already agreed to develop a strategy for reducing shipping's Carbon dioxide emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change". said ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett.

The prime minister called that "a positive example that everyone is going benefit from around the world".

Jadot also warned with regard to regulatory cooperation: "This is not a trade deal, it is a coup d'etat".

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Trudeau was the first-ever Canadian Prime Minister to address European Parliament.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to address the European Union legislature on Thursday.

The implementation of CETA is seen as a victory for globalization, which is seen to be under threat from US President Donald Trump who is critical of global trade deals. It bypassed parliamentary scrutiny to sign us up to CETA and has presented, at best, questionable claims on CETA's impacts on the United Kingdom which no one has ever seen.

It also said for the European Union, it is a first trade pact with a G7 country and a success at a time when the bloc's credibility has taken a beating from Britain's 2016 vote to leave the grouping.

Trump's ambassador designate to the EU, Ted Malloch, told the Associated Press earlier this week that the EU's "blatant anti-Americanism" is "problematic".

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The European Parliament has approved a landmark free trade deal between the EU and Canada. We see how these agreements serve to disproportionately benefit a small number of individuals, governments, and corporations while leaving the majority of people struggling to live.

Centre-right, liberal and conservative MEPs are expected to vote in favour of the accord, which the European Commission says will increase the EU GDP by €12 billion each year. We therefore must ensure a progressive precedent for future trade deals which prioritises human rights, jobs and environmental rules. We believe that the current economic model does not reflect the Gospel values of solidarity, justice, dignity and respect for all of Creation.

"We know that in these times we must choose to lead the worldwide economy, not simply be subject to its whims", he said.

"Populism has taken hold everywhere. It sounds simple but you know what, this is what is at stake".

It was this provision, among others, which helped galvanize the successful opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and nearly scuttled the CETA deal itself when the small Belgian region of Wallonia stalled on approving the deal back in October.

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After his speech, Trudeau will move on to Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.