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Conservatives not protecting postal services in CETA negotiations — union

Canada can avoid pricey drawn-out lawsuits like those created by NAFTA.

Lemelin: Why wouldn t our government want the flexibility to make policy changes?by Denis Lemelin

May 14, 2012: Letter written to Steve Verheul, Chief Negotiator, Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Dear Mr. Verheul:

During our meeting on March 4, 2012 and the civil society conference call on May 3, 2012, you indicated that Canada has so far taken an Annex I reservation for postal services in the CETA negotiations regarding services and investment, while the European Union (EU) has taken an Annex II reservation.

As you know, an Annex I reservation would lock in this government's decision to deregulate international letters and also lock in this or any future government's decision to further deregulate Canada Post.

  "Why hasn't our government taken a stronger Annex II reservation like the EU?"

CUPW would like to know why our government has not taken a stronger Annex II reservation like the EU, which would allow our government to make future policy changes in a reserved postal sector. Why wouldn't our government want the policy flexibility to take measures such as reversing postal deregulation that is not working?

CUPW strongly urges you to move to an Annex II reservation. We certainly hope that our country does not negotiate less than the EU, as it did with the US during NAFTA. During these trade talks, the US took stronger reservations than Canada, which left our government fighting an expensive lawsuit over Canada Post's courier services for years.

Yours truly,

Denis Lemelin
National President

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Posted: May 30, 2012

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