Canada supports the decision of the OECD to invite Estonia, Israel and Slovenia for membership. It has been supporting the accession of these countries since membership talks were initiated in 2007. Meanwhile, Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan highlighted Canada’s economic success stories with American leaders and investors. Loan said that Canada remains open to international markets, thus a strategic place for investments, since it offers strong economic growth, stable banking sector, low business taxes, and the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio among the G-7.
A former refugee was put to jail for six months for violating Canada’s anti-terrorism financing law. The convict pleaded guilty for raising funds for Tamil Tigers, a separatist group in Sri Lanka classified as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government.