February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter will be sponsoring a screening of Shadow World at the Belleville Downtown DocFest on Saturday March 4.

The DocFest website notes that the film examines, "How the international trade in weapons fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. The film reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it and how the weapons of war are now being turned against the citizens of liberal democracies."

February 17, 2017

Jennifer Chesnut

Council of Canadians London chapter activist Jennifer Chesnut has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Chesnut writes, "Please tell me why you passed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement without listening to the concerns of people in this country. With no public hearings, Canadians were not given the chance to name the hardships we’ll endure from a treaty that supersede national law. From increased costs of the most expensive medicines to loss of manufacturing and processing plants, every concern was diminished in the CETA story as a small price to pay."

February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with the 9,300 teachers on a one-day strike in Nova Scotia today.

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles joined teachers at a large protest outside the provincial legislature today.

The Canadian Press reports, "Nova Scotia's public school teachers walked off the job en masse Friday and staged a noisy protest outside the provincial legislature, where politicians continued a marathon debate on legislation to impose a contract on them."

February 17, 2017

The Council of Canadians London chapter continues to tell two local Liberal MPs that every vote should count.

The chapter has been actively calling for electoral reform and held a protest for proportional representation earlier this week.

Chapter activist Robert Cory posted, "Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 at MP Kate Young's office at noon! Join us every week!"

On February 1, the Liberal government announced - through a mandate letter to the new minister of democratic institutions - that it would break its October 2015 election promise on electoral reform.

Between February 6 and February 10, the London chapter participated in rush-hour rallies (at 8 am and 4:30 pm) in front of the constituency offices of both Young and Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos.

February 17, 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Charles Burton, a former counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, writes in The Globe and Mai this morning, "Like it or not, Canada opens exploratory free-trade talks with China on Monday with an initial four-day session in Beijing. Opinion polls indicate most Canadians do not want further political-economic integration with China, but elements of Canada’s business elite, with lucrative connections to Chinese business networks, are lobbying the Prime Minister’s Office hard to push on."

In December 2015, China's ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui, stated, "At the policy level, we need to start the negotiation and conclusion of a free trade agreement sooner rather than later." In June 2016, The Globe and Mail reported, "[Prime Minister Justin Trudeau] has made re-engagement with China a key foreign policy initiative as his government presses for a free-trade deal with the world’s second-largest economy."