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Jeb Bush on Free Trade

Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect


Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas

An international summit this month could move the Western Hemisphere toward becoming a free trade zone. Florida expects to be at the heart of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, the proposed $13 trillion market that would serve 800 million consumers in 34 countries. Local business leaders, backed by Gov. Jeb Bush, want Miami to become home to the FTAA's headquarters and reap the benefits of enhanced trade and commerce. But Florida's sugar and citrus growers fear the trade talks could lead to the elimination of tariffs, opening them up to competition from cheaper produce from Brazil and potentially dooming their industries.

Jeb Bush has aggressively courted support for the headquarters. The governor says his brother's decision on backing a U.S. city for the headquarters--either Atlanta or Miami--"will be based on the merits of the location." The eventual winner must be approved by the 34 nations that comprise the trade group.

Source: 7 News WSVN coverage of FTAA , Nov 12, 2003

Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.

Bush signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Lumber Subsidies 01-SGA3 on Sep 9, 2001

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