On February 23, CanWest reported that, "European businesses are demanding the right to bid on provincial government goods and services contracts" to be part of the proposed Canada-European Union trade deal.
As the Council of Canadians has previously noted, the proposed Canada-EU trade deal reportedly exceeds NAFTA in scope and would allow companies to access government contracts and public-sector services.
NEWFOUNDLAND OPPOSES THE DEAL
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, citing a proposed EU ban on seal products, said, "At this point, we are not willing to sign on to support the negotiation of a new and comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union."
OTHER PROVINCES SUPPORT THE DEAL
"But a European official said Monday the overwhelming support of other provinces, who issued their own pro-free trade statement Friday, is good enough to justify ongoing talks."
European official Jan Sliva "said the EU is still attempting to clarify 'the commitments of Canadian provinces' in terms of their willingness to implement the accord’s terms."