Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is the Political Director at the Council of Canadians. He works with the Council's chairperson Maude Barlow, its campaigners, organizers and chapters across the country on trade, energy, water, and health care issues. The Council has political staff in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Delhi, Durban and Mexico City.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Will Mexico sign on to the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA?
This past April U.S. President Donald Trump made comments about Canadian energy exports in relation to the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) set to begin next month. On April 20, Trump said, "We can't let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they...
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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Canada-China FTA Talks to Begin in February 2017 Could Have Massive Implications on Water Use
The Trudeau government says talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as February 2017. CBC reports, "International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is tentatively booked to begin talks with China in February as the two countries explore a free trade...
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Trudeau Government Faces Crucial Decisions in Coming Months
The Trudeau government faces a number of key decisions in the latter half of 2016. Their current level of public support is undeniable. A Forum Research Inc. poll conducted earlier this month found that 48 per cent of Canadians think the country is moving in "the right direction". The poll also...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
The Public Won't Be Served at Obama's State Dinner for Trudeau
What can we expect out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's two-day visit to Washington, DC this week? First of all, this is what isn't likely to be on the agenda: a shared commitment to a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050, including a ban on fracking and on exploration for fossil fuels in...
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Monday, February 29, 2016
UN Says the TPP Threatens Indigenous Rights
The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens Indigenous land rights. Telesur reports , "The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, better known as the TPP, seriously threatens indigenous land rights, as well...
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Monday, November 09, 2015
Trudeau Government Backs Energy East, Supports Tar Sands Expansion
On the same day that US President Barack Obama rejected the proposed 830,000 barrel per day Keystone XL pipeline, highlighting that approving the pipeline would undermine efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out in support of the...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Council of Canadians is Prepared to Push the New Liberal Government on Key Campaign Areas
More than a year ago the Council of Canadians set twin objectives for this federal election: to get out the vote and to defeat the Harper government. Both were accomplished last night. More than 17.5 million people, about 68 per cent of all eligible voters, cast a ballot in this election. That's a...
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Monday, June 08, 2015
Will the Climate Justice Movement "Seattle" the Paris Talks?
While the New York Times editorial board says , "The Paris [climate summit] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control", most are already bracing for another massive failure by the political elite...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
What Does the Falling Price of Oil Mean for the Pipelines We Oppose?
Will the falling price of oil affect the construction of the proposed Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and other pipelines? What are the economics of pipelines with multi-billion dollar price tags when the price of oil is now at about $40, well below the break-even point of $65-70 for...
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Monday, October 06, 2014
Spectre of NAFTA Investor-State Challenge Looms over New Brunswick Fracking Moratorium
On September 22 the people of New Brunswick voted clearly and decisively against fracking. They defeated the incumbent government that was backing (and was backed by) the fracking industry and elected a government that promises to implement a moratorium against fracking. And so far the premier-...
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