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Action needed on Canada-Colombia trade agreement

MP's attack on CoDevelopment Canada's Wood highlights flaws in federal policy

Liberal trade critic Scott Brison attacked witnesses who spoke against the Colombia trade deal.VANCOUVER—The Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) is once again under scrutiny following a stunning exchange late last week in which a Liberal MP involved in brokering an amendment to the deal attacked the credibility of witnesses speaking about human rights and democracy concerns in Colombia.

The CCFTA is currently at the Standing Committee on International Trade, where the Committee is hearing witness testimony on the human rights amendment proposed by Liberal MP (Kings-Hants) and Trade Critic Scott Brison. On Thursday (May 13) CoDevelopment Canada executive director Barbara Wood, along with Carleen Pickard of the Council of Canadians, presented their testimony. They spoke to human rights and democracy concerns in Colombia and both spoke from direct experience in the country....

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Posted: May 21, 2010

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