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Monday, October 24, 2016

Belgium's Wallonia Says Won't Meet EU 'Ultimatum' On Canada Trade Pact.

What's worse than a Quebecois? Their Original homeland habitants the Walloon's. (NDtv).

          Belgium's Wallonia Says Won't Meet EU 'Ultimatum' On Canada Trade Pact.

Brussels, Belgium:  The head of Wallonia's parliament said Monday it would not respect an EU ultimatum to back a massive trade deal with Canada blocked by the Belgian region.  

"It won't be possible to respect this ultimatum," Andre Antoine told RTL radio in Belgium, referring to a late-Monday deadline set by EU president Donald Tusk for the country to say whether it could support the pact.

Belgium has so far been the only EU member not to sign up to the CETA trade deal, which has been seven years in the making, because French-speaking Wallonia has refused to endorse it.

Antoine said it was important to get CETA right as it could pave the way for future trade pacts with powers such as the US and China. "We must therefore have a solid legal basis," he added.

He also pointed to the massively complex nature of the text, saying he has "300 pages of the treaty, 1,300 pages of appendices." Hmmm...Anyone knowing the close ties between Quebec and Wallonia knows why this deal won't pass. As Quebec farmers said in the past : "We can't compete against those high quality goods". Read the full story here.

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