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European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom delivers a speech during an event hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 2017. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom delivers a speech during an event hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 2017. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

EU trade chief on CETA: ‘We’re building bridges, not walls’ Add to ...

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Canada’s trade deal with the European Union is set to take effect within a matter of weeks, establishing a new free-trade zone at a time when protectionist forces gain strength.

“We’re building bridges, not walls,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said at a talk in Toronto this week.

Once Canada’s Senate approves the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), most of the deal would come into force on a provisional basis, cutting tariffs on everything from BMWs to shoes.

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