Harper pushes Canada-EU trade pact at opening day of G7 leaders’ summit

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany — Prime Minister Stephen Harper used the first day of the G7 summit to push European leaders to ratify the comprehensive Canada-EU free trade agreement.

Harper’s office said he used the opening G7 working session on the fragile global economy to call for swift implementation of the deal, which he said would create jobs.

Later today, Harper is planning to meet European Council President Donald Tusk, and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Canada and the EU have an agreement in principle on a sweeping pact in goods and services but the legal text still needs to be finished so it can be ratified by Canada and the EU’s 28-member countries.

Ratifying the pact, known as CETA, would be a major political win for Harper with the planned Oct. 19 federal election looming.

Harper also held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, and has a meeting planned with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

The Canadian Press