The Canadian government has created a new envoy position in an attempt to finalize and implement a free trade agreement with the European Union, according to a statement from International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.
The creation of a new envoy for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reflects the high priority the country places on signing the deal, despite recent opposition. Pierre Pettigrew, who has served both as minister of trade and foreign affairs, will be Canada’s new envoy for the CETA with the EU for a term of one year, effective immediately. He will engage with a range of provinces and territories in both regions, as well as senior business and government leaders from EU member states.
“The Canada-European Union agreement sets a new global standard for trade deals and positions Canada as a trail-blazing country defining new international norms,” said Pettigrew.
Acccording to the American Shipper, protectionist sentiments from both sides of the aisle in the upcoming United States presidential election and a lack of proper discourse around the sweeping 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens to derail that agreement.