Charest says re-open NAFTA expand it to the Americas

The Canadian Press is reporting today that, "Quebec Premier Jean Charest is calling on the United States to support and even expand free trade. In a speech before some 150 Ivy Leaguers at Boston's Harvard University on Monday, Charest suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be re-opened and expanded across the Americas."

Charest is quoted saying NAFTA should be re-opened, "Not for the purpose of closing it down but enhancing, for example, with a continental agreement on energy. That would be a good place to start."

The article also notes, "Charest also outlined his desire for free trade between Canada and Europe and expressed hope that the U.S. would support such an initiative."

The full article can be read at http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090223/Charest_Premier_090223/20090223?hub=Politics.