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Civil society critics of Canada-EU trade deal deliver a Trojan horse to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, October 17, 2011.
Civil society critics of Canada-EU trade deal deliver a Trojan horse to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, October 17, 2011.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Glitches in trade pact with EU could hurt Harper badly

There was a glossy brochure. A press conference. That Canada-EU trade deal was done in principle last fall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told us. And then reports this week that Germany has qualms showed just how unfinished the deal is.

Mr. Harper’s done-deal announcement last fall was more show-biz than legal conclusion, timed for domestic political reasons. But it set the wheels in motion, and now, politically, he’s got to get a deal finished. And he’d better finish it fast, before domestic politics in Europe unravel it further.