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Interim Tory leader questioning if Trudeau takes the Canada EU trade deal seriously

Last Updated Oct 23, 2016 at 10:48 am EDT

Interim leader Rona Ambrose fields questions with MP Gerard Deltell, representing the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, at the closing news conference of the national Conservative summer caucus retreat in Halifax on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The official opposition is questioning whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking the Canada EU trade deal seriously, as the comprehensive agreement remains in limbo.

Canada’s trade minister is in Belgium this weekend as talks continue to convince the small region of Wallonia to give its approval.

The regional government has so far refused, and without their green light the whole deal could collapse.

On our talk show Maclean’s on the Hill, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says it’s the Prime Minister who should be at the table.

“He needs to show Canadians, he’s fighting for Canada and he’s fighting for our jobs and fighting for prosperity of our country just like they are fighting for theirs.”

Ambrose adds the trade minister’s efforts are not enough.

“I think the message it sends, that our Prime Minister is not willing to sit down and deal with people who right now, are holding this trade agreement hostage, it’s a signal to them, it’s a signal to them that we don’t take it seriously.”

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