Federal minister says N.L. briefed on EU trade talks – “the EU is strongly pressuring Canada to abolish minimum processing requirements”

Canadian fish products are subject to high EU tariffs. (CBC)

International Trade Minister Ed Fast says he has been talking with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale about trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union, a day after Dunderdale revealed she has been under pressure from the Harper government to make a major trade concession. In a speech to the St. John’s Board of Trade on Monday, Dunderdale said the Muskrat Falls loan guarantee nearly fell apart when Ottawa suddenly demanded the province give up the requirement that fish landed in Newfoundland and Labrador be processed within the province. continued