Giving George Bush a hand on Colombia

June 27, 2008

Linda Diebel, who writes the Political Decoder blog in The Toronto Star, is writing about Canada’s trade deal with Colombia:

“Canadian human rights activists accuse Stephen Harper of rushing through a trade deal with Colombia at the expense of workers in both countries in order to please George W. Bush. The U.S. President can’t get his own deal through Congress over Democratic objections and “he’s just trying to help Bush out,” says Rick Arnold, co-ordinator of Common Frontiers, an organization focused on international relations in the Americas. The terms of Harper’s agreement are so hush-hush, Arnold tells the Decoder, rights groups in Colombia are hearing negotiators there were told not to talk about it under any circumstances – especially with Canadians.”

– Read the entire blog entry here