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VIEW: Selling CETA will be Harper’s biggest priority

“Selling free trade with Europe – to the provincial governments and to all Canadians – will be Stephen Harper’s biggest priority, according to government sources. The Harper government is expected to announce a sweeping new free-trade agreement with the European Union, the most ambitious such undertaking since the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement of 1988. Government procurement, patent rights for pharmaceuticals, agricultural tariffs and more will be affected by the new accord with Europe, which could also serve as a template for the even-bigger negotiations under way with Pacific nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” – Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson, Sept. 17, 2012.

Photo: The October 2011 ‘Trojan Horse’ demonstration at the gates of Parliament Hill, organized by the Council of Canadians, the Trade Justice Network, RQIC and Attac France/ the Seattle to Brussels Network, http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2011/10/ceta-trojan-horse-action-parliament-hill-monday-morning.