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With Canada-EU trade talks nearly finished, Quebec Solidaire reaches across the Atlantic for a progressive alliance against CETA

Published on February 3, 2013 by in Home

  byStuart Trew Council of Canadians   Quebec Solidaire, a social movement-based political party in the provincial legislature, has written to progressive European parliamentarians for assistance in forming a common resistance to the Canada-EU free trade deal (CETA). The letter was sent on the same day as news reports suggested Quebec Premier Pauline Marois could oppose the Canada-EU

 
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More Leaked Documents Rip Lid off CETA Giveaways

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Home

  Exposed European Union demands show Canadians’ local authority, labour and enviro protections are at risk.   By Robert Duffy and Charley Beresford TheTyee.ca   We’ve been following the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) negotiations between Canada and the European Union since 2010, starting with a legal analysis of early leaked documents, commissioned by the Centre for Civic

 
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Quebec gets CETA consultation

Published on October 10, 2012 by in Home

  The Rest of Canada wants consultations too.   from the Council of Canadians SGnews.ca  A final round of Canada-European Union free trade talks is just around the bend. From October 15 to 26, Canadian negotiators will be in Brussels to wrap up the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), or so they hope. That

 
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Straightjacket: CETA’s Constraining Effects on Ontario

Published on October 4, 2012 by in Home

  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives   CETA Could Throw Ontarians Out of Work: Report     OTTAWA—A trade deal with the European Union (EU) that’s being negotiated behind closed doors could result in as many as 70,000 job losses in Ontario, says a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CCPA) Ontario office.

 
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Canada’s WTO challenge to European seal product ban moves ahead despite real threat to free trade talks

Published on September 25, 2012 by in Home

Let’s have it for the seals! Just another reason to support a sealing ban: it could halt CETA, the Canada EU trade deal. By Stuart Trew Council of Canadians       Canada and Norway are moving ahead with their joint disputes at the World Trade Organization against a popular European Union ban on importing

 
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Euro Treaty Would Give Harper More Power at Home

Published on September 24, 2012 by in Home

 CETA would basically emasculate provincial and municipal powers of regulation. It is a hostile takeover of the Canadian constitution by Harper’s Corporate Canada.   CETA will kill jobs, rob provinces of powers to steer own courses. Can it be stopped? Murray Dobbin TheTyee.ca    Stephen Harper’s no-longer-secret agenda to implement a revolution from the right

 
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CETA Could Throw Ontarians Out of Work: Report

Published on September 20, 2012 by in Home

This trade agreement is being negotiated in secrecy by the Harper government without a transparent, comprehensive impact assessment available to Members of Parliament. Among other things it will render labour agreements useless, trash the public’s right to choose public procurement and ignores indigenous rights to be consulted. Cultural sovereignty will be a thing of the past. The Open

 
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Life sciences and the commodification of everything

Published on September 12, 2012 by in Home

  Elizabeth May, Leader The Green Party of Canada   It was once the case that the term “life sciences” meant the scientific study of living organisms. It meant biology, zoology, ecology, and even bio-ethics. In what must have been a public relations re-branding, “life sciences” has now adopted an almost entirely technological, commercial focus

 
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Cost of meds to skyrocket following Canada-European Union Trade Agreement

Published on September 12, 2012 by in Home

 Trade deals, negotiated in secret with little participation by ordinary citizens or their MPs, often have dramatic consequences about how we conduct business and often reduce our democratic rights to self-government. Free trade has little in common with fair trade and often attack our ability to protect ecosystems.  At the very least, international trade deals

 
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What will the PQ win mean for CETA?

Published on September 5, 2012 by in Home

 The election of the PQ in Quebec may spell the end of one of Mr. Harper’s favourite hobby horses–the signing of a secret CETA trade deal. Brent Patterson The Council of Canadians   Will the Parti Québécois win derail the dreadful free trade deal with Europe championed by (soon-to-be former) premier Jean Charest and the

 
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Canada-EU free trade and the Québec election: The view from ATTAC-Québec

Published on August 21, 2012 by in Home

Trade agreements are often conducted in secret and then, when ratified, are presented as a fait accompli. This process favours corporations at the expense of the electorate. An  opaque process avoids public input and is essentially a government lockout of its citizens and their choice in choosing the shape of their society. It is profoundly

 
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Thunder Bay request for Canada-EU trade deal exemption gives Harper, Merkel something to chew on

Published on August 14, 2012 by in Home

Council of Canadians Press Release     Ottawa – The Council of Canadians celebrates last night’s decision by Thunder Bay city council to seek an exemption from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This latest municipal motion, and the over 40 similar municipal requests for exemptions from the proposed Canada-EU trade deal,

 
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A trade deal that sets a bad precedent: Trade Justice Network warns of CETA risks to Europe

Published on July 27, 2012 by in Home

By Stuart Trew, Council of Canadians      The following op-ed by the Trade Justice Network appears in this week’s edition of European Voice, a weekly news source providing “a comprehensive account of the activities of the key European Union institutions — the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of Ministers,” according to the website. A trade

 
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Legal opinion warns against secret trade talks

Published on July 21, 2012 by in Home

Public Values   CETA would empower European and American corporations at the expense of provinces and territories.   OTTAWA, ON, July 10, 2012: Canada’s premiers are being warned that the proposed Canada-EU trade deal will limit provincial and territorial powers, fundamentally reshaping the constitutional landscape. The warning comes in a new legal analysis urging full

 
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New Report Fights Harper’s CETA Deception

Published on July 19, 2012 by in Home

Stuart Trew, Council of Canadians   In April 2012, the Harper government launched a propaganda campaign in response to growing criticism of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The campaign material, housed on a new DFAIT webpage, attempts to respond to several claims about CETA which the government believes to be myths. Unfortunately,

 
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