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CETA threatens public water, democracy

CUPE and the NDP worried about lack of public consultation surrounding negotiations.

NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian is campaigning against Straight Goods News staff

Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), has called on union members to oppose Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Moist argues that "CETA represents the greatest threats our public system has ever faced." CUPE has launched a campaign to stop CETA, saying that the agreement "will be a serious threat to local democracy and public services in Canada."

One way in which CETA will harm Canadians is by putting public water up for sale. CUPE partnered with the Council of Canadians to produce Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, a report that "exposes how CETA would open up public municipal water systems across Canada to privatization."

Concerned that CETA is being negotiated behind closed doors, Moist has also called on CUPE members to take action.

CUPE is by no means the only organism speaking out against CETA. NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian is also alarmed by "the Harper government's lack of transparency surrounding CETA." Julian, who has launched a petition to reject bad free trade agreements with Europe, said that the CETA "negotiations must be open and transparent, so that the voices of Canadian citizens can be heard and the government held accountable if it continues to act against the best interests of the public."

Related individuals, organizations and significant events
Water for profit: how multinationals are taking control of a public resource — CBC

Links and sources
  CUPE President calls for action to stop CETA
  Canada-EU trade talks put Canada¬ís water up for sale, says new report
  NDP pushes for fair trade and transparency in EU deal
  Reject bad free trade negotiations with Europe, push for a fair trade agreement with Europe: A petition to the House of Commons

Posted: December 21, 2010

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