Newspaper article The Canadian Press

IMF Head Praises Canada-Europe Trade Deal amid Rising Protectionist Sentiment

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

IMF Head Praises Canada-Europe Trade Deal amid Rising Protectionist Sentiment

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IMF head praises Canada-EU trade deal

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OTTAWA - The head of the International Monetary Fund says she hopes Canada and the European Union finalize their still-unsigned free trade agreement.

Christine Lagarde made the comments Tuesday in Ottawa amid concerns that rising protectionist sentiment in Europe has affected the deal.

Lagarde praised the pact after a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently spoke out against anti-globalization movements at the G20 leaders' summit in China.

"Given that the trade agreement seems to be a very reasonable, very sensible and very good deal between the partners, I would hope very much that it can be completed, agreed, put to bed and implemented," she said.

Canada and the EU have committed to signing the free trade deal this year and ratifying it in 2017. …

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