Big and Little Brother Bilateralism: Security, Prosperity, and Canada's Deal with Colombia

Teresa Healey, Sheila Katz


The neoliberal rhetoric of free trade offers rosy pictures of a “flat world,” a “level playing field” in which freedom may bloom thanks to the removal of restrictions and barriers. In their discussion of Canada’s decision to establish a bilateral free trade agreement with Colombia, Teresa Healy and Sheila Katz expose the harsh reality of power politics underlying the rhetoric of freedom. They show that the deal with Colombia is part of a new state strategy in which Canada, as a junior partner of the United States, is forging and exporting a new investment regime inspired by NAFTA, but within a framework of enhanced so-called security measures that seriously limit human rights and democratic freedoms.

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Studies in Political Economy:
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