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The Canadian Flag flies over the Peacekeeping memorial in Ottawa on May 29, 2012.
The Canadian Flag flies over the Peacekeeping memorial in Ottawa on May 29, 2012.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

BARBARA MCDOUGALL

Without business on board, economic diplomacy means nothing

“The Global Markets Action Plan,” tabled in the House of Commons this week, seemed to be a radical new policy that no one saw coming. It should not have been unforeseen: There have been tea leaves to be read over past months. (Full disclosure: I did not read those tea leaves any better than anyone else.) The tea leaves included the government’s accelerated push for new trade agreements, the emphasis on China and India as Canada’s new best friends, assistance to Canada’s mining interests in emerging markets – all there for Canadians to see.