|Colombian President Builds Case for Free Trade Pact (June 12, 2009)|
By Pamela Wallin
Canadian Corner, Americas Society
June 12, 2009
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe traveled to Ottawa this week to meet with the Canada's Prime Minster Stephen Harper. Legislation to ratify a Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement now sits before the Canadian House of Commons. Harper believes free trade is vital to the international efforts against the global recession and called on Parliament to ratify the Colombia free-trade deal as soon as possible, arguing that Canada's implementation would send a strong signal to the forces of "creeping protectionism" alive and well in the U.S. Congress.