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Municipal governments organize for protection from NAFTA, WTO

Delegates to national conference demand open public consultation, protection for democratic governance.

WHISTLER, BC, June 6, 2009 — Delegates to the national conference of municipal governments are concerned about the impact of trade deals on municipal governments, and are calling for full consultation before any more trade talks.

A resolution on the issue, submitted by three BC municipalities and the Union of BC Municipalities, passed easily in the morning plenary at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' annual conference.

Resolution B56 calls for "open public consultation before negotiating any internal or international trade and security agreement," including municipal input through FCM. The resolution also commits the federation to further researching and monitoring of the effects of trade deals such as the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, the Agreement on Internal Trade and a new Canada-EU free trade agreement on municipalities.

CUPE and its allies helped support the resolution, which highlights the threat trade deals pose to public services...

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  Municipalities want say in future trade talks, by CUPE, June 6 2009

Posted: June 13, 2009

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