Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio, a hardline member of the League party, has said that parliament would not ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which removes duties on 98 per cent of products traded between the European Union and Canada, The Times wrote.
Italy's challenge to CETA comes after U.S. President Donald Trump backed out of a joint communique agreed by Group of Seven leaders in Canada at the weekend that mentioned the need for "free, fair and mutually beneficial" trade and the importance of fighting protectionism.
"I'm confident that we'll have full ratification in the end and the important thing is this agreement has entered into force as an economic matter", Freeland said.
On the reports about Italy's possible rejection of CETA, Freeland noted that Austria was initially reluctant to ratify CETA, but eventually came around.
Even though most of the provisions of the EU's most ambitious trade deal to date, inked in 2016, took effect past year, it still needs to be approved by all European Union members' parliaments to fully go into force.
The Canadian minister was in Washington this week pressing lawmakers and officials in a bid to salvage a continental trade pact with the United States and Mexico, and to try to convince the administration of President Donald Trump to repeal punishing steel and aluminum tariffs.
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Germany's media reacted with concern and worry to the World Cup holder's shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico on Sunday. Hirving Lozano (covered) of Mexico celebrates his 0-1 goal with team mates.
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The issue deeply divides Republicans, who are increasingly breaking with the administration over the zero-tolerance policy. The strategy is setting children up for "psychological scars that will take a lifetime to undo", he said .
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Thousands of football fans had gathered in the capital to watch Mexico's surprise 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany . Three of the previous four defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockout stages, France, Italy and Spain.
Freeland also took the chance to raise the issue of United States tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Canada will not escalate but that it will also not back down.
Trudeau sought to focus attention on the G7 summit instead of engaging in a war of words with Trump.
The E.U. and other countries have also threatened retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. The Canadian countermeasures are to go into effect July 1. "We talked about following up on setting up specific dates for meetings and that is what we are going to do", she said.
Sixty-two percent of Canadians "say he has handled his spat with Trump well", while 59 percent support "his government's countervailing tariffs in retaliation to Trump's on steel and aluminum", the Angus Reid Institute said.
A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute now suggests Canadians love what the federal government is doing in our trade tiff with the U.S.