Dawn Paley

No such thing as free trade

Posted in news by dawn on 09/02/2009

An article I did for Edmonton’s Vue Weekly on Alberta oil and gas in Colombia in February of 2009…

When Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day signed the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Peru on November 21, it was a happy day for Canada’s oil and gas sector, but the deal was celebrated instead as a landmark for human rights and democracy in Colombia.

“Deepening both economic and political engagement between our countries is the best way Canadians can support the citizens of Colombia in their efforts to create a safer and more prosperous democracy,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the signing ceremony.

The Canada-Colombia FTA was negotiated in secret, and the texts of the deal have yet to be made available to the public.