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With the U.S. and European Union in the grip of crippling debt crises, Canada has set its sights on Brazil for new
economic opportunities.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked-off a four-country Latin America tour in Brazil by signing two new trade agreements with economic powerhouse.

 The agreements are small in scope – increasing air travel and providing expats continuous social security benefits – but in trade circles the move signified a strategic rekindling of an under-developed and potentially
lucrative relationship.

“We’ve not had a huge amount to do with Brazil in recent years,” said John Curtis, a fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation...

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