The Globe And Mail | 3/12/2010 12:00:00 AM
With Colombian free-trade deal, Ottawa pushes the 'right side' of Latin America
March 12--Canada's trade with Colombia is minimal, but new accord furthers Prime Minister's efforts to support free-market democracies.
The Harper government this week made ratifying a free-trade agreement with Colombia the first bill of the new Parliament over vociferous opposition from unions and human-rights groups.
Trade Minister Peter Van Loan portrayed the bill as a means to create jobs.
The Conservatives have another reason for expending so much effort on a trade deal with a country that buys less than two-tenths of 1 per cent of Canada's exports.
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