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NEWS: Council a key player countering Harper’s CETA agenda

Global News reports, “Politicians have returned to Parliament Hill to start the fall session…”

“(This is) a session that will be shaped by the first majority government in seven years. The Conservatives have pledged to keep the economy front and centre while also pushing through bills that have been sitting on the back burner for years without enough parliamentary support to become law.”

One of the major issues noted in the report is “free trade agreements” highlighting “the government is in hot pursuit of trade deals with the European Union and India. Negotiations in Europe are expected to wrap up by the end of the year.”

“The Council of Canadians, one of the most vocal critics of the Canada-Europe deal, warns that the deal will open Canadian municipalities and utilities such as water to European corporations.”

The Global News report says, “Key players: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, NDP trade critic Robert Chisholm, NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, Canadian municipalities, along with business and nonprofit interests such as The Council of Canadians, The Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.”

The full article is at http://www.globalnews.ca/canada/in+depth/6442484880/story.html.