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With his legacy on the line, Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs the Canada-European Union agreement to be met with teeth gnashing, not a yawn.
With his legacy on the line, Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs the Canada-European Union agreement to be met with teeth gnashing, not a yawn.
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

With his legacy on the line, Harper is eager to tussle over trade deals

Stephen Harper could really use an angry, implacable opponent blasting him for signing free-trade agreements. Without it, the voters might not really reward him for the deals he’s done.

Just look at what happened last week: The long-awaited text of the Canada-European Union trade agreement was leaked, to deafening silence. Industry groups and political parties yawned and blinked and didn’t find much to say. Next month, Mr. Harper is expected to hold a signing ceremony at a Canada-EU summit, but if the recent past is a guide, the pomp may give way to disengagement.