The European Union is trying to drum up business in Canada because of United States President Donald Trump’s disdain for trade.
The EU's agriculture minister, Phil Hogan, is heading a trade mission of 60 companies coming to Canada after skipping Washington where Hogan was last week.
And he says he's confident Parliament will ratify the Canada-EU free trade deal before the summer break, which will mean more than 90 per cent of it will take effect under what is called provisional application.
Negotiations towards a similar EU-U.S. trade deal are not officially dead, but Hogan says that with Trump in the White House, they are currently on hold.
He says Trump's anti-trade policies represent an opportunity for Canada and the EU to build on trade links with each other and with other non-U.S. partners.