(Terry Milewski – CBC News)
Often hijacked by international crises, the G8 summit has once again been waylaid – this time, by the slaughter in Syria.
Officially, the British host, Prime Minister David Cameron, had wanted the summit to focus on tax evasion and transparency in international trade. But even Cameron now says that Syria will be the dominant issue when the leaders gather in Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday. […]
Free trade stalled
All of this has overshadowed Harper’s attempt to coax European leaders to finally sign a long-promised free trade agreement with Canada. In London, Prime Minister Cameron was supportive. But differences remain on matters of government procurement, patent protection for pharmaceuticals and beef.
Both France and Ireland remain skeptical about Canadian demands for greater duty-free access to the European market for Canadian beef and pork. Read more here.
Date: June 17, 2013