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Activists stage a demonstration against the so-called CETA trade deal outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Feb.15, 2017. The European Union Commission and most of the major parliamentary groups made a final push to approve a landmark trade deal with Canada ahead of a decisive noon vote in the EU's legislature. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

“This is the vote that the world was waiting today to hear — whether there will be a progressive voice in the world,” said Canadian International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne during a visit to Brussels coinciding with the approval. “Canada and Europe, I am glad to say, came up to this challenge and sent a very strong signal to the world.”