Colombia FTA goes ahead

The Conservative and Liberal parties voted together on Monday to ratify the controversial Canada-Colombia free trade agreement, moving it to the Senate. The deal, much criticized by human rights activists, will open up the Columbian market to Canadian pork, grain and beef products. The deal includes provisions that require a mutual review of human rights policies, but critics such as Amnesty International say the clause lacks independent scrutiny.

Published: Wednesday, 06/16/2010 12:00 am EDT

The Conservative and Liberal parties voted together on Monday to ratify the controversial Canada-Colombia free trade agreement, moving it to the Senate. The deal, much criticized by human rights activists, will open up the Columbian market to Canadian pork, grain and beef products. The deal includes provisions that require a mutual review of human rights policies, but critics such as Amnesty International say the clause lacks independent scrutiny.

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