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April 19, 2019

While the Mueller report was making its rounds, just before Easter break, another critical report was released: the U.S. International Trade Commission report on the new NAFTA—otherwise known as the Canada United States Mexico Agreement.  The report is an essential part of the U.S. Congress fast track process which permits U.S. Congress to vote for the deal without adding amendments. 

The report showed absolutely tiny gains—less than one percent—for the U.S. economy.  With 35/100 percent GDP growth over five years. 

While U.S. President Trump lauded the agreement’s huge gains, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said this showed that the agreement was a “classic win-win outcome”, U.S. progressives remained unconvinced.

Lori Wallach from the consumer rights group Public Citizen called the gains minimal.

April 18, 2019

Peterborough - Kawarthas Chapter with the Canadian Health Coalition

In response to last Thursday's Ontario Budget, Roy Brady, representative of the Peterborough-Kawarthas Chapter and chairman of the Peterborough Health Coalition, wrote in an email to The Peterborough Examiner that he has no faith the planned spending increase for hospitals will suffice.

"Hospital hallway medicine will supposedly end, but hospital increases remain below the rate of inflation and population growth," he wrote. "Peterborough Regional Health Centre accordingly will have a difficult time providing its core services."

April 18, 2019

Canada should be open to making the new NAFTA deal better for people, not for corporations.

If you’re like me, you’re proud when Canada stands up to big U.S. corporate interests. So it may shock you to learn that right now Canada is standing up for big U.S. corporate interests.

The new NAFTA deal, still not ratified, contains troubling market extensions for a critical life-saving drug class known as biologics. These are used to treat cancer as well as debilitating chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, among others.

The market extensions will allow big U.S. pharmaceutical companies to charge astronomical prices for biologics for 10 additional years before new, cheaper generic forms of the drugs could be introduced.

April 17, 2019

Even though the election result last night was not what we hoped for, you and other Council of Canadians supporters like you came together for a better future for all Albertans.

I’m writing to say even though the election result last night was not what we hoped for, Council of Canadians supporters like you came together for a better future for all Albertans.

When the writ dropped, some thought it would be a coronation for Jason Kenney because of the merger between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wild Rose Party. Instead, it was a fight to the finish line with much care and concern expressed about how we do things here in the province.

April 16, 2019

Folks in PEI may have seen the following email sent by the PEI Chapter this morning:

Prince Edward Island’s provincial election and referendum on proportional representation is happening Tuesday, April 23. Advanced polling started this past  Saturday.

Prince Edward Island’s provincial election and referendum on proportional representation is happening Tuesday, April 23. Advanced polling started this past Saturday.

This doesn’t leave much time to get informed on all of the issues you care about and to learn how mixed-member proportional representation (MMP) might benefit you as an individual and our province as a whole, so our Council of Canadians PEI chapter thought we’d pull together something to help you!

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