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Interprovincial trade agreements threaten communities, environment, public services

Press conferences held in seven provinces to present evidence against them.

Expert trade lawyer Steven Shrybman authored the reportMarch 31, 2009 — Today, just one day before the BC/Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) goes into full effect, the Council of Canadians launched a new report by expert trade lawyer Steven Shrybman concluding that TILMA, other similar agreements currently in development, and the recent changes to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) will only further deregulate provincial policies that protect communities and the environment and threaten public services.

The report, titled State of Play: Canada's Internal Free Trade Agenda provides an update on TILMA and the state of various trade agreements between Ontario and Quebec (OQEPA), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick (PARE) and Saskatchewan (so-called Economic Partnership with BC and Alberta) and challenges the need for these agreements in the first place. It is being simultaneously released by the Council of Canadians on March 31 at press conferences in Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver.

The seven press conference included community and labour leaders from each province, each expressing local concerns with the deregulating agenda of the federal government...

To read further, including all seven press releases, please click on the link below...

Links and sources
  Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), with links to seven press releases, Council of Canadians website, March 31 2009
  State of Play: Canada's Internal Free Trade Agenda, report by Steven Shrybman, March 2009
  Home / Trade Report reveals undemocratic internal trade plan, by CUPE, March 31 2009

Posted: April 01, 2009

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