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VIEW: ‘EU trade deal threatens public water in Canada’, say Karunananthan and Trew

Council of Canadians water campaigner Meera Karunananthan and trade campaigner Stuart Trew write in the Windsor Star today that, “On the threats to public water alone, Canadian cities should demand to be excluded entirely from the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.”

Karunananthan and Trew then highlight, “Europe is home to the largest water corporations in the world. Expansion for these companies means privatization of public utilities. Based on a leaked copy of the CETA text, and discussions with Canada’s lead negotiator, a picture is emerging of how water companies could use the deal to undermine public water.” They then outline that picture.

They conclude, “This week at their annual board meeting in Iqaluit, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will be voting on a resolution to seek an exclusion from the Canada-EU free trade deal for cities and their utilities. We urge the FCM to pass this resolution.”

To read their full op-ed, please go to http://www.windsorstar.com/business/trade+deal+threatens+public+water+Canada/3443582/story.html.