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VOTE: Should Canada sign CETA?

CBC.ca is asking, “Do you think Canada should enter into a free trade pact with the European Union?”

At this hour, the results are:
YES – 42.34 percent (210 votes)
NO – 48.19 percent (239 votes)
NOT SURE – 9.48 percent (47 votes)

To vote, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/pointofview/2010/10/free-trade-pact-should-canada-and-the-eu-enter-into-one.html.

Just this week, the Globe and Mail reported that, “A free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union would deal another blow to Canada’s already battered manufacturing sector, wiping out thousands of jobs in food processing, apparel making and the auto industry, according to an analysis of a potential agreement (by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).” That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5110.

And the Naitonal Post reported that, “Canada’s pharmaceutical industry and the European Union have been quietly lobbying for changes that could give brand-name drugs several years more patent protection here — and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to Canadian medication costs annually.” That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5084.

This past summer, we argued that, “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.” That’s at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4408.

As of 12:50 pm ET, the poll shows:
YES – 33.74 percent (219 votes)
NO – 58.24 percent (378 votes)
NOT SURE – 8.01 percent (52 votes)