(Roy MacLaren – Globe & Mail)
Roy MacLaren is a former Minister of International Trade and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
International trade agreements frequently have a rather long genesis. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), released last week, is no exception.
In 1994 – twenty years ago – when Prime Minister Jean Chretien was to address the French Senate I made certain, as Canada’s Minister for International Trade, that his text included a proposal for a transatlantic trade agreement between the North American free-trade agreement and the burgeoning European Union. I had recently shepherded NAFTA through the House of Commons. Being an inveterate free trader, I had then begun to explore transatlantic support for a NAFTA-EU trade and investment agreement. There was, however, no response from either Brussels or Washington. Dead silence. Read more here.