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Leaders’ Rapport May Not be Enough to Jump-Start Canada-India Trade

Posted April 16, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(John Ivison – National Post)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Ottawa Wednesday, meeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and promising a “road-map” for a free trade agreement with Canada by September.

It is often the case that leaders at these formal meetings look like they would have more fun watching a potato bake. But the body language suggested the two conservative leaders have developed a genuine rapport.

Fulfilling any free-trade pledge, however, is going to require Harper to make some major concessions one month before a general election. The key objective for the Indians in any deal is labour mobility for their millions of cost-competitive white-collar workers. Click here to read more.