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    Sealing (and) the deal with Europe

    Our international correspondent Anthony Speca argues that northerners shouldn’t worry that Canada will abandon its challenge to the EU’s seal-trade ban in favour of a free-trade deal with the EU. They should worry instead about the damage the ban has done to the very idea of Inuit as economic actors in the modern marketplace
     
    On September 24, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield—together with his Cabinet colleagues Leona Aglukkaq from Nunavut and Peter Penashue from Labrador—announced Canada’s readiness to proceed with its World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge to the EU’s ban on the trade in seal products.  Canada is joined by Norway, which lodged its own complaint with the WTO against the ban.  Both countries assert that the ban contravenes commitments to free trade the EU has made as a WTO member.  They’ve now formally asked the WTO to convene a dispute-resolution panel to adjudicate their case.
     
    This should come as no surprise.  Continue Reading