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Canada’s Harper begins Latin America swing amid global scramble to calm markets. Premier to visit Costa Rica and Honduras

Monday, August 8, 2011

\ The dual debt crises in the United States and Europe that triggered turmoil in financial markets will undoubtedly be top of the mind of the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, when he today launches a swing through South and Central America.\ \ Canada is looking for new export markets since its largest trading partner, the United States, is struggling to get its financial house in order.\ \ The former Liberal government of Jean Chretien signed a free trade pact with Costa Rica that has been in place since 2002. Harper stops there Thursday. Officials from Canada and Honduras, where the prime minister travels Friday, have met twice since December.\ \ Original source: Canadian Press\ \ \ \