STRASBOURG, 3 pm (9 am ET) – We have just completed our meeting with MEP Joe Higgins. He is a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, which holds 35 seats. He is also a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade.
We raised with him some of the many concerns we have with CETA including: its facilitation of water privatization, tar sands expansion, investor rights over the public interest, seed patents that hurt farmers, increased pharmaceutical costs, and job loss.
We also presented to him Steven Shrybman’s legal opinion on CETA and the tar sands and the Council of Canadians-CUPE report on CETA and water privatization.
He will work with us and has agreed to raise questions on CETA in the European Parliament.