Canada a 'Model' Alternative

Published: Wednesday, 07/18/2007 12:00 am EDT

In what the Canadian Press described as a major foreign policy address yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told business leaders in Santiago, Chile, that the nations of the Americas have an alternative to the hard capitalism of the United States and the authoritarianism of Venezuela. Mr. Harper was quoted as saying that while Canada, like the U.S., promotes such values as freedom, democracy, human rights and free markets, it also includes universal health care, equalization and other social institutions. Mr. Harper met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, exchanged money at a Scotiabank branch in Santiago to mark the 10th anniversary of the Canada-Chile free trade deal. Chile is the second stop in Harper's tour of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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