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November 2008

November 21, 2008

EDITORIAL - Pass the Colombia free trade pact

EDITORIAL - Pass the Colombia free trade pact

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DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- Nov. 20. Time is running out on a fast-tracked Colombia free trade agreement, largely because of pre-election stalling tactics by congressional opponents. The best argument they have mustered is that Colombia still needs to improve its human rights record, particularly regarding attacks on trade unionists. That's a fair argument in a free-trade debate, since the oppression of organized labor unfairly helps corporations keep production costs low and undercut their U.S. competitors. But in the case of Colombia, it's an argument whose time has passed.
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November 21, 2008

In the city of Lima, on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders Summit, the President of Colombia,  lvaro Uribe Velez will meet  on Friday  November 21st with Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, to sign the Colombia - Canada FTA. Other important agreements that will be formalized include one to avoid double taxation, a Labor Agreement and an Environmental Agreement. These treaties will provide a permanent preferential market for Colombian goods and services exports, and determines a framework of transparency and certainty for the protection of Canadian investments.