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UPDATE: Council to leaflet outside the FCM in Vancouver this morning

The button and fact sheet for today’s action outside the FCM.

The Council of Canadians will be handing out buttons and fact sheets at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual convention in Vancouver this morning. The red buttons – which read ‘I Say NO to CETA’ – are a way to inform municipal councillors about the threat to local governments from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew says, “The Harper government may come and go but the impacts on local governments and communities of this EU deal will be significant and permanent. Our elected councillors are not getting enough information about CETA from the federal or provincial governments. We hope many of them will wear these CETA buttons during the FCM convention to demand some accountability and a real say in an agreement that will have lasting impacts on local democracy.”

Trew is in Vancouver today following a 6-community tour in British Columbia to raise public awareness about CETA, the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), and other investor-rights pacts.

More than 50 municipal governments and associations, including Toronto, Hamilton and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, have passed motions requesting a municipal exemption from the Canada-EU CETA. Media reports have suggested a deal could be announced at the G8 summit this coming June 17-18.

For more, please read:
Canada-European Union Trade Deal: Councillors at FCM convention asked to wear their opposition to CETA
UPDATE: Trew on 6-city tour against ‘trade’ deals
CETA campaign web-page