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UPDATE: Council of Canadians-CUPE tour aims to stop CETA

CUPE Today reports, “CUPE National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow have launched a cross-country tour to oppose the proposed trade deal called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. This tour will take place prior to the critical eighth round of CETA negotiations between Canada and the European Union in Brussels this July. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said recently he is committed to proceeding ‘full-throttle’ on CETA and on having the deal signed by January 1, 2012, just eight months from now.”

Public meetings are scheduled for six cities.

  • Montreal: May 24, 7 p.m. at the Centre St-Pierre
  • Toronto: May 26, 7:30 a.m. in the Osgoode Ballroom at the Toronto Sheraton Centre
  • Saskatoon:  May 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Frances Morrison Library
  • Winnipeg: June 27, 7 p.m. (location to be confirmed)
  • Halifax: June 28, 7 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Cultural Association Centre
  • St. John’s:  June 29, 7 p.m. at The Lantern

The Council of Canadians-CUPE tour was launched in Calgary on April 29. For more on that event, please go to

More information on the various tour stops – including the posters for Montreal, Toronto and Saskatoon- is available at We expect that the posters for the Winnipeg, Halifax and St. John’s events should be ready by the end of this week.

On May 10, the Canadian Labour Congress passed a resolution opposing CETA and pledging to work with the Trade Justice Network and local coalitions in this effort. For more on that, please go to