Economic diplomacy plan seems costly and misplaced

For the Global Markets Action Plan to work, the government would need substantial influence over private firms—à la China.

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Trade Minister Ed Fast announces the Global Markets Action Plan on Nov. 27.
Pablo Heidrich
Published: Wednesday, 12/18/2013 8:12 pm EST

The Canadian government's announcement of a new international trade strategy, the Global Markets Action Plan, has garnered predictable criticism and support. Reactions have ranged from fears that Canada should become a wandering salesperson, to great enthusiasm for a long-awaited return to common sense when it comes to this country's foreign relations.

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