Experts to Examine Impacts of European Trade Deal on Nova Scotia

March 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

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A panel of trade experts is gathering in downtown Halifax tomorrow (Tuesday March 6) to discuss the possible impacts a Canada-EU free trade deal will have on the Nova Scotia economy, including the record-breaking, $25-billion federal shipbuilding contract awarded to the Halifax shipyard under National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Experts to examine impacts of Canada-EU trade deal

Where:  Delta Halifax, Baronet Room, 1990 Barrington Street
When:  Tuesday March 6, 2012
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)

Panelists: Jim Stanford, CAW Economist
Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Senior Research Fellow
Fred Morley, Greater Halifax Partnership Chief Economist and Executive Vice President
Moderator:  Robbie Shaw, Executive Advisor to the Dean, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University

The event has been organized by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, in conjunction with the Canadian Auto Workers union. Over 100 participants have so far registered for the event, including representatives of labour unions, the business community and government.

Negotiations for a new Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are heading into their eleventh round, with a deal expected sometime this year or next. CETA will mark the first international bilateral trade agreement that explicitly binds provinces and municipalities under its terms and conditions with respect to public purchasing, services and investment. 

Media are welcome to attend the event. Interviews can be scheduled upon request.


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