To resolve difficult outstanding issues in any trade negotiation, ultimately it requires negotiations at the most senior level, said Lawrence Herman, a former senior Canadian trade official who now works at law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto. Given the size of the pact, it is critical for the prime minister to become directly involved. Herman said it was a tactic former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was forced to use with President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s when reached a deadlock during negotiations for the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement. Significant Differences Canada-U.S. negotiators were unable to resolve a number of key issues and the only way those issues could be unblocked and move to resolution was for Brian Mulroney to engage directly with the president on this matter, Herman said. Carl Vallee, a spokesman for Harper, declined to comment on the prime ministers involvement. Our government will only sign an agreement that is in the best interest of Canada, Vallee said today by e-mail. The push by Harper comes after he met Barroso on the sidelines of the Group of 20 leaders summit in St. Petersburg , Russia . Harper told reporters following the Sept. 6 meeting that significant differences remain in the negotiations. Discussions continue — at all the necessary levels — as both sides work to conclude these important negotiations as soon as possible, John Clancy , the commissions trade spokesman, said in an e-mail from Brussels today.
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More than one response could be provided. Twenty-nine per cent of those surveyed do not anticipate difficulty in filling any types of skilled positions. When asked what steps their company takes to hire skilled workers, asking employees to refer potential candidates was the number one response (56 per cent). Using recruiting firms to source talent within the province was next at 49 per cent. “It makes sense for organizations to seek assistance from their employees,” says Dancey. “Employees understand the operation and recognize that it is their reputation on the line when recommending someone for a position.” Background Information The CPA Canada Business Monitor is issued quarterly, based on a survey commissioned by CPA Canada. The report draws upon business insights of professional accountants in leadership positions in privately and publicly held companies. For the Q3 2013 study, emailed surveys were completed by 200 of 4,245 identified by CPA Canada as holding senior positions (CFOs, CEOs, COOs and other senior executive roles). The response rate was 4.7 per cent, with a margin of error associated with this type of study at 6.9 per cent, with a confidence level of 95 per cent. The survey was conducted by Harris/Decima Inc. from August 7 – September 3, 2013. A background document is available online at www.cica.ca/businessmonitor .