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Feds Mum on Free Trade Deal Leak

Posted August 14, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jason Fekete – Postmedia News)

The federal government is refusing to comment on an apparent leaked copy of some of the final text of the Canada-European Union free-trade deal, as questions remain over what the wording could mean for a number of Canadian industries and firms.

A German news publication on Wednesday published a purported 521-page copy of “consolidated text” of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that was delivered last week to an EU trade policy committee.

“This is the complete outcome on the basis of which the EU and Canada will proceed with the legal scrubbing and translations, before submitting the Agreement to the Council for conclusion. In the meantime, an EU-Canada Summit is being planned for September. This document is Limited and should hence not be distributed outside the EU institutions,” the document says. Read more here.