Harper heads to Brussels to conclude free-trade deal with EU

I don’t know about you, but I know free trade is one of the reasons America is having so many problems. What do you think?

Global News

ABOVE: Stephen Harper calls it the biggest deal Canada has ever made – a multi-billion dollar free trade agreement with Europe. Jacque Bourbeau has the details from Brussels.

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Canada and the European Union have agreed to free the movement of goods, services, investment and labour with a pact-in-principle that challenges Canadian business to expand overseas.

“This is a big deal; this is the biggest deal Canada has ever made. Indeed, it is a historical achievement,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Read more: Early winners and losers in ‘historic’ EU trade pact

The prime minister announced the agreement-in-principle Friday with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.

But the text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA remains a confidential document that still requires “drafting and fine tuning,” a Canadian official said in Brussels on condition he not be identified.

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