NEWS: KAPTUR, MICHAUD, JULIAN UNITED AGAINST COLOMBIA FTA

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Michaud (D-ME), along with New Democratic Party(NDP) International Trade Critic Peter Julian, Member of Parliament (Burnaby-New Westminster, Canada) said today that they would work together to defeat the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and any other NAFTA-based trade agreements that came before the two legislatures.

“The people of the Americas do not need another rubber-stamped NAFTA,” Kaptur said. “Together, Canada and the U.S. can use the lessons learned from this failed agreement to help stop further exploitation, violence, and corruption from spreading to Colombia.”

"The Harper government seems to be willing to sign anything with the Colombian government, no matter how negative the impact on human rights. This is completely irresponsible," said Julian.

“In February, I met with all three opposition parties in Canada to discuss the Colombia FTA. Given Colombia’s abysmal human and labor rights record, I believe that many Canadian leaders and working families share Congress’ sense of outrage about entering into a trade deal with Colombia at this time,” Michaud stated.

Reps. Kaptur and Michaud sent a letter with like-minded colleagues to the Canadian Parliament objecting to the trade agreement being negotiated between Canada and Colombia. The U.S. Congress may be considering a similar agreement this year.

Colombia leads the world in coca productions and in the number of murdered indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, human rights activists, journalists and labor leaders.