Harper wins anti-protectionism commitment

Vancouver Sun – Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a key commitment for Canada at the G20 summit, getting world leaders to agree to extend for 12 months a pledge not to raise new trade barriers.

“The biggest single thing that could turn this recession into a very long, extended depression would be global protectionism,” Harper said in a television interview Wednesday. “In our recent budget in Canada, we actually lowered tariffs on imported machinery and equipment. It’s important that we start to see some initiatives push in the other direction, to push towards trade liberalization.”

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