For Immediate Release
6,000 Letters Opposing Canada-EU Trade Talks Delivered to Canadian Mission to European Union
BRUSSELS - As negotiations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and
Trade Agreement (CETA) continued in Belgium today, the Council of
Canadians delivered more than 6,000 letters opposing CETA to the Mission
of Canada to the European Union on Avenue de Tervueren in Brussels.
"This action sends a strong message to the Canadian government and to
the CETA negotiators here that Canadians have serious concerns about
this deal," says Brent Patterson, Director of Campaigns with the Council
of Canadians, in Brussels this week for the fourth round of
trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.
The letters call for the release of the full draft text of the proposed
CETA deal and cross-country public consultations before the next round
of negotiations can take place in Ottawa this October.
"I am very concerned by reports that this deal will be 'broader and more
ambitious' than NAFTA by including services, regulatory harmonization,
investor rights, and new and unreasonable limits on how local and
provincial governments spend money," say the more than 6,000 letters
submitted to the Council of Canadians to deliver to the Harper
The Council of Canadians was part of a civil society delegation to
Brussels this week to explain to members of the European Parliament,
labour unions, farmers and other groups about the growing concerns with
the CETA deal in Canada. Mr. Patterson was joined by Stuart Trew and
Meera Karunananthan, trade and national water campaigners respectively
at the Council of Canadians, as well as by representatives from the
National Union of Public and General Employees, Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives, and ATTAC-Quebec.
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Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.