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Harper Heads to Summit Amid Chilly Relations with U.S. and Mexico

Posted April 09, 2015

Under International Trade Issues

(Mark Kennedy – Ottawa Citizen)

After nearly a decade of the Conservatives in power, why are Canada’s relations with the United States and Mexico so chilly?

It’s a question that will haunt Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he attends a summit later this week of more than 30 nations in the western hemisphere. Harper travels to Panama City Friday for a two-day Summit of the Americas, which brings together leaders of countries from the Organization of American States (OAS).

For the first time, Cuba’s president, Raul Castro, will be at the table – a symbolic development that comes after a rapprochement last December between his country and the United States. Cuba’s attendance will garner much media attention. But what should really concern Canadians is whether Harper is able to spend time with the two political leaders who matter the most to this country: U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Click here to read more.