Quebec minister slams free trade paper

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QUEBEC CITY, Que. — After reviewing the text outlining the Free Trade Area of the Americas deal, Quebec International Affairs Minister Louise Beaudoin is attacking the document.

The minister goes on to say the unreadable result of Quebec City’s Summit of the Americas is proof that Quebec and other provinces should have been given a seat at the negotiating table of this and other major trade negotiations.

“It says nothing,” Beaudoin tells local media. “Everything is in brackets.”

The brackets represent sections of the agreement that are still disputed.

“On almost every sentence, somebody has a reservation,” Beaudoin says. “So we’d like to know what the dynamic is and who’s saying what and why.”

Beaudoin says it’s clearly what happens at the negotiating table that counts. She said the text is insufficient to grasp how the negotiations are progressing.

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