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Latvia Becomes 1st EU Country to Sign On to Canada’s Trade Deal

(Janyce McGregor – CBC News)

The journey toward full ratification of Canada’s trade deal with the European Union will be long and complicated, but an early step was taken Thursday as Latvia’s parliament voted in favour.

“We were visionary when we started a decade ago and now this is the right deal at the right time,” said International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne during a press conference in the capital city of Riga.

“In an age of rising protectionism and anti-trade rhetoric in the world, it sets a new gold standard for progressive trade that works for everyone,” Latvia’s public broadcaster quoted Canada’s minister as saying, echoing the message Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Europe last week after the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Click here to read more.