Pierre Pettigrew addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 21, 2005. (Photo: John Marshall Mantel/AP via CP)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, says he is confident the trade agreement will make it through. "I'm confident that there are so many strong European countries like France, as we saw yesterday, Germany is fully on board and others, that this deal is going to make it through," Trudeau said in Medicine Hat, Alta., where he is campaigning in a byelection race. A spokesman for Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada continues to push with its European partners to get the deal signed. "We continue to say this is an excellent agreement for both Canada and the EU that will deliver positive results and real opportunities for citizens in Canada and citizens in the EU," spokesman Alex Lawrence said in an interview.
"I'm confident that there are so many strong European countries like France, as we saw yesterday, Germany is fully on board and others, that this deal is going to make it through."
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
'A new standard'
'This is a progressive deal'"As Canada has said, this is a progressive deal. And if Europe is incapable of signing a progressive deal with a country like Canada, this will send a clear and very unfortunate signal." Freeland's parliamentary secretary, David Lametti, met Walloon leaders and politicians for the second time in a week on Thursday, travelling to the region for talks. This past weekend, Lametti met a travelling Walloon parliamentary delegation in Ottawa. But Friday's result made clear he was not successful. Paul Magnette, the Wallonia leader, said Friday his region would not give Belgium's national government the support it needs when the EU's 28-member states meet next week. The Wallonia vote has created headaches for Belgium's national government because the Belgian constitution gives its three regional governments — Wallonia being one of them — a potential veto over the deal, which has been seven years in the making. Senior European officials have told The Canadian Press that the obstacle thrown up by Wallonia is the single greatest remaining threat to CETA as it enters its final stages.