Chrystia Freeland Walks Out Of CETA Talks With Belgian Holdouts

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:47 GMT, Oct 23, 2016 |

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland walked out Friday on talks aimed at convincing the holdout Belgian region of Wallonia to agree to the European Union’s wide-ranging free trade deal with Canada.

Sources inside Freeland’s office confirmed that the minister “walked out” on the talks with Wallonia’s leaders in Brussels — and the despondent-sounding statement that followed suggested the deal is all but dead.

“I personally have worked very hard, but it is now evident to me — evident to Canada — that the European Union is incapable of reaching an agreement, even with a country with European values such as Canada, even with a country as nice and as patient as Canada,” the statement read.