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Canada makes progress in lining up support for global trade deal on culture

News | 03/30/2000 5:00 am EST

The collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Seattle hasn't hindered Canada in its attempt to negotiate a comprehensive and multilateral trade treaty for culture. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Heritage minister Sheila Copps have been meeting with their counterparts from the Americas, Europe and other regions to drum up support for a made-in-Canada idea that would include – rather than exempt – cultural industries in any future trade agreements. There are even signs that the U.S. is willing to discuss the issue.

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