The current system of purchasing drugs in Canada is a hybrid of public and private. It leaves Canadians paying the second highest price for prescription drugs in the developed world - according to Statistics Canada, 8 per cent of Canadians claim that they did not fill a prescription in the last twelve months due to costs.
This report cautions provincial and territorial governments about the effect of proposed services, investment and procurement commitments in CETA on public water systems and water management in Canada. It explains the benefits of public ownership and management of water utilities and the importance of public finance for urgently needed municipal and First Nations water system upgrades.
Download, print, and mail this postcard to Prime Minister Harper to let him know that you demand a national water policy for Canada!
The Harper and Alberta governments, along with Big Oil and gas companies, have made it abundantly clear they view the tar sands (also known as oil sands or natural bitumen) as a key economic driver in Canada. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and the Pacific Trails Pipeline are critical components to this vision.
People in communities across the country are coming together under the banner of Common Causes/Causes Communes to send a strong message to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
Trade with Europe would be a good idea if it meant more good jobs and better social services. But like all “free trade” agreements, the CETA is not about that. It’s about boosting corporate rights, lowering environmental standards, and weakening public services.