An EU official said the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the coming days. More business news SHUTDOWN ENDS Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman Obama signs bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government; federal employees should expect to work Thursday. Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman The Senate and House approved legislation to raise the debt limit and end the federal shutdown. Zachary A. Goldfarb The deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling prolongs uncertainty and dodges tough issues. More business news Discussions are indeed continuing at the highest level between the EU and Canada towards a comprehensive free trade deal (CETA) with the hope to conclude the negotiations in the coming days, EU Trade spokesman John Clancy said in an email. Harper posted on his official Twitter account that Canada will soon complete negotiations. A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister will fly to Brussels on Thursday. An agreement-in-principle is expected to be concluded Friday by Harper and European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said hes been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Unions 28 members and Canadas 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canadas cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. Were more than disappointed, Leduc said.
EU says it hopes to conclude free trade deal with Canada in the “coming days”
The study results mark Rogers as the winner in providing the fastest wireless network which Bell as well Telus does not fall much behind. While the magazine tested uploads and downloads of data like apps, photos and video, it did not put mobile phone calling quality under the scanner. PC Magazine had a similar test in the U.S. as well, which declared Long-Term Evolution network by AT&T as the fastest in the country. On the other hand, the prices charged by wireless providers in Canada are significantly higher than what is charged in the U.S. – the study says. U.S. providers like T-Mobile and Sprint still rule the market for those who have a tighter budget. The U.S. providers serve their customers with more value than what users get in Canada. PC Magazine is, ironically, based in New York . It notes that Rogers’ network provided 92Mbps speed in Vancouver, which is the highest in North America in the last 4 years. The consistency of the high speed is extremely consistent.
Canada set to complete EU trade deal
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a message posted on Twitter on Wednesday, aWe will soon complete negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union.a A spokesman for the Canadian premier said Harper is set to travel to Brussels on Thursday to conclude the deal. Meanwhile, John Clancy, the European Union Trade spokesman, stated that discussions are continuing at the highest level between the EU and Canada atowards a comprehensive free trade deal (CETA) – with the hope to conclude the negotiations in the coming days.a An agreement-in-principle is expected to be concluded on Friday by the Canadian prime minister and Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission. According to official sources, the agreement-in-principle should be sent back to Canada for final approval. Talks were launched in 2009 and were expected to be concluded by late 2012. However, the negotiations faced a deadlock over several issues, largely in agriculture. Under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Canada will permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to the country. Canada called for greater European access for its beef while the EU sought to decrease tariffs of up to 300 percent, which protects Canadaas supply-managed dairy industry from imports of European cheeses. On Wednesday, the Dairy Farmers of Canada said it would not back a deal that would allow the European Union to sell more cheese to Canada. aThis (potential) deal would displace our local products with subsidized cheeses from EU and risk our small businesses being shut down or put out of business. This is unacceptable,a the Dairy Farmers of Canada said. Rudy Husny, spokesman for Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast said that Harper is committed to safeguarding Canadaas supply-managed agricultural sectors. MR/HSN