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Jean Charest seeks free trade deal with EU

Quebec Premier Jean Charest wants a free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union, he said Friday.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest wants a free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union, he said Friday.

Charest saidhe has already spoken about the idea to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as his provincial counterparts, and has received a positive response.

Charest is in Davos, Switzerland, for an annual economic forum.

The Quebec premier wants to tap the economic potential of the European market, which has 450 million consumers.

He also said an accord would ease the exchange of workers between Canada and Europe.

Canadian government data suggests a free trade deal with the European Union would boost Canada's exports by $2.4 billion annually.

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