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Ottawa appoints envoy to push for ratification of FTA with the European Union

August 24, 2016

Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, announced that former Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew will become Canada's special Envoy to work on the implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The creation of the role of CETA Envoy reflects the high priority Canada places on signing CETA this year and implementing the agreement with its EU partners next year.

Mr. Pettigrew will engage with a range of partners in both Canada and Europe, including with the provinces and territories, and with senior business and government leaders from EU member states.

"Mr. Pettigrew's deep understanding of Europe, trade and business will be instrumental in getting CETA signed this year and ratified in 2017," said Minister Freeland. "He brings with him a lifetime of international experience and a profound dedication to public service. From the day we were sworn in, our government has worked tirelessly to support CETA ratification in Europe."

"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 Mr. Pettigrew. "CETA will generate economic opportunities and I am eager to help move this deal forward for Canada." Mr. Pettigrew will take on the role for one year, effective immediately.

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