Canada European Union Free Trade Agreement

April 21, 2010


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Canada European Union Free Trade Agreement

Canada European Union Free Trade Agreement
dated April 21, 2010



Toronto, Ontario
April 21, 2010
      

Toronto, Ontario
April 21, 2010



Stuart Trew
Trade Campaigner at the Council of Canadians

       "The point of the event is to talk of course about the Canada European Union free trade negotiations. Which to date there hasn't been a lot of discussion in the media we found or even in public. Our politicians are generally trying to get this thing passed pretty quickly and under the radar."



 

Rolv Hanssen
Public Services International Norway

       "When we talk about the CETA agreement I have to say that this is not the ideas of the workers. The free trade agreement is more or less an idea from the big corporations, the big companies about gaining access to markets to improve their profit and to go into areas where there has been no profit before, like public services."



 

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "What this deal would do is tie the hands not only of the existing government, governments in Ottawa the provinces and territories and in cities across the country, tie the hands of current governments but also of future governments just as past free trade agreements have done. But this agreement goes way beyond anything we see in NAFTA or the WTO."



 

Frédéric Viale ATTAC France
       "This is important to expose the real nature of the EU. Because the EU ultimately presents itself as a positive alternative to the ES especially to seduce the Canadian citizens."


 

Rolv Hanssen
Public Services International Norway

       "The workers will be put under pressure. There will be worse conditions. We know from previous agreements that more than 90 % of the workers and the jobs are worse after the competition has been introduced."


 

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "What this deal would explicitly prevent is governments deciding to use procurement for measures like economic development of their own constituency. So if the Ontario government said, for the good of Ontarians we want to spend the tax dollars of Ontarians here in Ontario they could not use that as a deciding factor. It would be pure competitiveness with the European manufacturers."


 

Frédéric Viale
ATTAC France

       "The most important is the institution in the new agreement of a dispute settlement body. This mechanism allows firms to sue states with a decided regulation against their own interests."


 

Rolv Hanssen
Public Services International Norway

       "I think that the unions both in Canada and Europe have to mobilize towards their goal as to stop this agreement."


 

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We have allies in Europe that we're going to continue this struggle with. And so I want to encourage you. Get involved. Talk to other folks. Get the word out. We have to be smart, we have to be strategic, we have to be organized but ultimately it comes down to popular power."


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