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Bob Rae: Liberals "will support" Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement

September 14, 2009

Bob Rae: Liberals "will support" Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement

According to an email from Bob Rae about the Canada Colombia FTA, the Grits "will be supportive of the bill proceeding to committee."

The legislative information about the CCFTA (Bill C-23) has yet to be updated online. So no word yet as to how that went.


From: RaeB7@parl.gc.ca
Subject: RE: Liberals stand up against the Colombia Canada FTA
Date: September 14, 2009 7:46:59 AM PDT (CA)

Thank you for your message about the House of Commons debate on the ratification of the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement, with its side agreements on labour and the environment, together with an understanding on investment and taxation.

If there is no election, as a result of a decision by either the Bloc or the NDP to support the Harper government, it is indeed likely that this bill will go to committee, where there will be substantial discussions on the impact of the treaty. The Liberal Party will be supportive of the bill proceeding to committee. Further support will depend on satisfactory answers to our questions and concerns.

I had the opportunity to travel to Colombia recently, and met with business and trade union leaders, as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations and of course the Colombian government itself. I feel better informed about the situation, but am determined to listen and learn during the debate.

Unlike other parties, I am not ideologically opposed to all trade agreements which provide for freer and more open trade. I am deeply committed to human rights and development, and am eager to hear competing views about the agreement.

Thank you again for writing.

Hon. Bob Rae
MP for Toronto Centre
Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic

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