June 11, 2018

The Trump administration recently imposed a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum exports from Canada to the United States.

Now CTV reports, "On Saturday, not long after departing the G7 summit in Quebec, ...[US President Donald] Trump sent two tweets that [threatened the United States was looking] 'at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!' [adding] 'Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'"

That article adds, "A senior Liberal source [said] American-imposed tariffs on autos would be close to an existential threat to Canada’s economy [while former Quebec premier Jean] Charest said if he does follow through on autos, it 'will be a catastrophe', citing that 22 per cent of the cars sold in the US last year were exported from Canada."

CBC further notes, "Trump says Canada will have to dismantle its supply-managed dairy system or else Americans will dramatically curtail its trading relationship."

June 10, 2018

A team of Council of Canadians activists intervened to challenge the G7 summit over the past several days.

Thursday June 7 - We held a media conference in La Malbaie. The Canadian Press reported, "Leo Broderick, chair of the Council of Canadians, was on-hand to speak to the media and denounce the summit altogether. 'The G7 is highly undemocratic', he said." We also took part in a march vs the G7 in Quebec City that evening.

Friday June 8 - We made a large G7 with a line through it sign in a field to send a message to G7. The Montreal Gazette reported, "[The Council of Canadians installed] a massive 50 by 35 metre anti-summit sign in a farmer’s field right in the helicopter flight path of the leaders flying from CFB Bagotville and the summit site in La Malbaie."

June 7, 2018

Council of Canadians activists were at the fence in La Malbaie today and provided these comments via Facebook.

A team of Council of Canadians activists - Leo Broderick, Andrea Furlong, Sujata Dey, Mark Calzavara, Marion Moore, Anne Levesque - challenged the G7 today and their comments and actions were noted in various news reports:

CTV - "Leo Broderick, chair of the Council of Canadians, was on-hand [in La Malbaie] to speak to the media and denounce the summit altogether. 'The G7 is highly undemocratic', he said. 'We have been calling for a number of years now that if countries should meet like this, all countries under the United Nations - 197 - should be here to take part in those discussions.' 'We're also saying that the agenda the G7 represents is a neo-liberal agenda, it's an anti-people agenda, it is an anti-environment agenda', Broderick added."

June 7, 2018

Informed and engaged voters are essential to our democracy. Thank you for doing your part!

Today is Election Day in Ontario.

As a Council of Canadians supporter we know that you take meaningful action throughout the year to build a better Ontario and Canada. But today we need you to take the simple – and vital – step of casting your ballot.

This election is incredibly important and is absolutely one where every vote will count – the latest polls suggest the Ontario NDP is running neck and neck with Doug Ford’s Conservatives. If you haven’t already, please head to your polling station and vote.

Elections Ontario polls are open today – Thursday, June 7 – from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

June 7, 2018

To sign our petition to make this the last G7 summit, click here.

The upcoming G7 summit is likely to discuss the role of transnational capital under the theme of "investing in growth that works for everyone".

The Canadian Press has reported, "Canada hopes the [G7] meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world. ...Earlier this year, [Canada] became the last G7 country to create a development finance institution [to lure more private capital into developing nations as a way to help make up for inadequate levels of foreign aid]."

Canada's official development assistance is now about 0.26 per cent of its gross national income, which is well below the 0.7 per cent target established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1970.