Your action on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is working! Thanks to your letters, telephone calls, e-mails and meetings with MPs, Bill C-23, the implementation legislation for the FTA, has been pulled from the government order paper until the fall!
On Monday, the Liberals indicated they were reconsidering their support for the deal. This was the significant shift. Last month, Liberal trade critic Scott Brison said his party would not oppose the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement because “it’s easier to engage a country on human rights issues when you’re engaged on economic issues.” But this week, Brison called on the Harper government to conduct a formal independent Human Rights Impact Assessment before allowing the enabling legislation to proceed.