Chances are, you've heard about the Canada-EU trade deal. It's hard to miss, what with the federal government hard at work staging photo-ops and events across the country, promoting the deal as a major win.
The official sales pitch focuses on the trade aspects of the deal -- lowering or eliminating tariffs between Canada and the EU and opening up economic opportunities for Canadian business with improved access to the European market. But this deal is about more than just facilitating trade.
The agreement-in-principle signed in Brussels in mid-October is on a true-to-its-name Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that touches on virtually all aspects of economic life, including many that are only loosely related to trade.