Council of Canadians activist Ken Kavanagh
Newfoundland and Labrador-based Council of Canadians Board member Ken Kavanagh was on CBC Radio on Monday (March 20) speaking in opposition to the loss of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Kavanagh says, "In terms of Newfoundland's history, we keep talking about no more give-aways, [but] I see this as the biggest give away of all because we're giving up on a constitutional right. When we joined Canada the federal government took over management of the stocks and apparently we're supposed to be in control of the processing sector. And what we're doing now by giving up the MPRs is we're giving up a very strong aspect of that processing responsibility."