On This Day…Nov 6, 2017 Canadian Premiere Justin Trudeau and Leo Varadkar discussed how to ram a controversial trade deal past objectors concerns
While most of the coverage of Trudeau’s visit centred on socks and ‘bromance,’ behind the scenes Justin and Leo were discussing the best way to overcome objections to CETA, the Canada-European free trade deal.
All 27 European legislatures must ratify the deal before it can pass and most of the talks were spent ‘strategizing’ on how to push the legislation past Irish and Canadian objectors.
But amidst all the arch headlines about bromance, doubts persisted.
Afterward, a government spokesman strenuously denied the talks could be characterized as, “a love-in about forced consent”.