Meet Monsieur Magnette: The man who made Canada weep

Wallonia’s Minister-President Paul Magnette has hauled Belgium’s Francophone Socialist Party out of a political ditch and into the global spotlight.

His underdog campaign against the tides of globalization, epitomized by the EU’s trade agreement with Canada, could hardly have come at a better time for a party under threat from the far left.

 Magnette persistently denied that he wanted to tank the trade deal, but that’s what Wallonia’s veto effectively achieved Friday, when Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland fought back her tears to call time on Ottawa’s seven-year battle to conclude a trade deal with Europe.