Monday, October 5th1.1°C

Harper arrives in South Korea for expected free-trade announcement

SEOUL, South Korea - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has arrived in Seoul, where he is widely expected to announce a free-trade deal with South Korea.

A South Korean delegation greeted Harper on Monday as he stepped off his aircraft after a 20-plus hour trip from Ottawa.

There's no word yet on whether Harper plans to sign the final text of a free-trade deal with South Korea or is simply going to announce an agreement-in-principle in a staged photo-op.

A free-trade agreement with South Korea — which Harper says is a gateway to deals with other Asian countries — has been a decade in the making.

One major sticking point is the auto sector, with Canada having a 6.1 per cent tariff on car imports.

Critics fear that if it is removed, the Canadian market would be flooded with Korean-made brands such as Hyundai and Kia.

The Canadian Press

Read more Business News

Recent Trending

Today's Market
S&P TSX13466.13+126.39
S&P CDNX528.02+2.46
S&P 5001977.46+26.10
CDN Dollar0.7635+0.0033
Natural Gas2.469+0.018

Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.22+0.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.19+0.01
Metalex Ventures0.06+0.00
Russel Metals22.04+0.56
Copper Mountain Mining0.455+0.035
Colorado Resources0.08+0.01
ReliaBrand Inc0.004-0.000
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.02+0.00
Mission Ready Services0.095+0.005
Decisive Dividend Corp3.67+0.18
Diamcor Mining0.90+0.02


2247225619 South Crest Drive
5 bedrooms 3 baths
more details
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading

Perfect (reno’d) home

Photo: Thinkstock.comHow many times have you found a home in the perfect location, but it needs too much work as per the home inspection? There is a great program available through most lenders that w...

Living beyond 100

Photo: ContributedThere was a time most careers involved an apprenticeship of one sort another. Some official, others involving years of servitude, and others time simply spent watching and emulating ...

5 Claim misconceptions

Photo: Thinkstock.comIf you have been hurt in an accident or as a result of medical negligence you will likely look to your friends and family for some advice on how to deal with the situation. These ...




Member of BC Press Council