Trudeau defends EU-Canada trade deal benefits in Paris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l'Elysee in Paris, France on Monday, April 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Associated Press
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 11:57AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 16, 2018 12:36PM EDT
PARIS -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries.
In a joint news conference in Paris, Trudeau praised the "benefits" of a trade deal between Canada and the European Union that came largely into effect last September.
Trudeau said "we already see the results" of the new trade rules, called the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CETA).
Canadian imports from France have increased 4 per cent last year and Canadian investments in France have jumped 23 per cent, he said.
Trudeau insists the deal included rules to protect workers' rights and the environment, but CETA had triggered many protests across Europe, with critics arguing it weakens European labour laws.