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Council of Canadians to be in Geneva for WTO ministerial

In a letter to the editor in today’s Globe and Mail, Stockwell Day, the Minister of International Trade, writes, “I can assure your readers that Canada has been at the forefront of the World Trade Organization’s Doha round talks, advancing Canada’s interests in all areas of the negotiations, including agriculture.”

Day adds, “At the end of this month, I will be attending the WTO ministerial conference to reiterate Canada’s support for a rapid, ambitious and balanced outcome that will help spur global trade in these challenging economic times.”

The seventh WTO ministerial conference is set to run from November 30 to December 2 with an agenda to discuss the international trading system and the “current global economic environment.”

Council of Canadians vice-chair Leo Broderick and trade campaigner Stuart Trew will be there participating in counter-ministerial events and raising concerns about the impacts of the WTO agenda.

Protests are being planned, and organizers hope to be able to demonstrate in front of the WTO headquarters on the Rue de Lausanne.

During the ministerial, look for blog reports from Geneva and other information coming out of the meetings on our website, www.canadians.org.

For initial background information, please go to http://canadians.org/trade/issues/WTO/index.html.

To read Stockwell Day’s letter to the editor, go to http://theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/nov-13-letters-to-the-editor/article1361331/?.