While the Canada-European Union 'free trade' agreement may be signed on September 25 (or September 26) at a ceremony in Ottawa, the deal will not be done at that point. It will still need to survive what could be a bruising two year or more ratification process.
Photo: Health care forum in Charlottetown. Photo by Mike Butler.
The front-page of the Guardian reports, "It was a standing-room-only crowd in Charlottetown Tuesday to hear dire warnings about the future of health care in Canada."
About 250 people attended the public forum that featured Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, CUPE president Paul Moist, and Canadian Health Coalition national coordinator Mike McBane. It was chaired by Council of Canadians Board member Leo Broderick.
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One month from today, a provincial election will take place in New Brunswick.
Today, the CBC reported, "As the campaign unfolds, there is likely to be much talk on the trail about the natural resources, particularly shale gas and forestry."
The province is currently governed by Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward (his party holds 41 seats in the 55 seat Legislature), while the Liberals under Brian Gallant have 13 seats. Dominic Cardy and the New Democrats are without a seat.
In a recent Globe and Mail article, reporter Campbell Clark argues, "Stephen Harper could really use an angry, implacable opponent blasting him for signing free-trade agreements. Without it, the voters might not really reward him for the deals he’s done." He continues, "More generally, free trade is now widely accepted, so opposition beyond a relatively small minority depends on whether the trading partner is a little scary to Canadians. South Korea isn’t. Neither is the EU."
But is Mr. Harper's "free trade" deal with Europe really so widely accepted?