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Harper looks to spice up our Chilean trade

Stephen Harper wants to expand one of the country's first international free-trade deals.

April 16, 2012  by The Canadian Press

SANTIAGO, Chile—Stephen Harper wants to expand one of the country’s first international free-trade deals.

The free-trade deal the Liberal government signed with Chile 15 years ago and not as expansive as newer agreements the Conservatives have been signing.

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Harper would like to bring the accord with Chile up to date, adding elements such as procurement and government services.


While in Santiago, Harper also hopes to get Chile’s support for Canada’s inclusion in the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The TPP is a proposed nine-country free-trade zone spanning the Pacific region.