Maude Barlow, a leading critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has tweeted, "Trump’s trade war has effectively killed NAFTA. He would not participate in a Chapter 19 challenge [in which a binational arbitration panel would decide if imposed duties are merited] or abide by a trade ruling. NAFTA is dead."
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Is it possible that the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA) was a factor influencing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline?
The answer is likely yes.
MP Romeo Saganash speaks in support of Bill C-262 prior to its Third Reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
The Council of Canadians welcomes the passage of Bill C-262 in the House of Commons earlier this week, but joins with many others in calling for the Trudeau government to act in accordance with its key principle of free, prior and informed consent, notably with respect to the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.
The CBC reports, "A private member's bill aimed at ensuring Canada's laws are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has earned the approval of the House of Commons. Bill C-262, introduced by New Democrat MP and reconciliation critic Romeo Saganash, won the support of MPs by a margin of 206 to 79 and is now en route to the Senate."
A major No Pipe rally is being organized for Friday July 6 - starting at noon-hour - in the Town of Pictou, Nova Scotia.
The Council of Canadians will be there because we are opposed to a plan that would see the Northern Pulp-owned Abercrombie Point mill in Nova Scotia move up to 90 million litres of effluent a day via a 10.5 kilometre pipeline across the floor of Pictou Harbour and then release it through six pipes into the Northumberland Strait.
The Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq chiefs, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association, the New Brunswick Fisheries Association, the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board and numerous other groups have also expressed concerns about this proposal.
Morneau will hold a media conference on June 2 at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre about the G7 finance ministers meeting.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau are co-hosting the G7 Finance and Development Ministerial meeting that started today and runs to June 2 in Whistler, British Columbia. The meeting will include G7 finance ministers, development ministers and central bank governors and feed into the G7 summit taking place June 8-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec.
While the US-imposed steel and aluminum tariffs Morneau has described as "absurd" will be a key issue, another absurd situation should also receive critical attention.
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "US has launched trade war. In effect killed WTO and NAFTA."
She adds, "Trump’s trade war has effectively killed NAFTA. He would not participate in a Chapter 19 challenge or abide by a trade ruling. NAFTA is dead."
Barlow's tweets follow the news the United States will impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico (as well as the European Union) effective at midnight tonight. The Toronto Star reports, "The official justification for the tariffs is national security. The Trump administration, however, made it clear that the president is actually acting because the talks over NAFTA have stalled."
Photo by AEOPAS.
Blue Planet Project founder and global water justice advocate Maude Barlow has just tweeted, "Meera Karunananthan and I are in Madrid with water activists and public water operators to promote Blue Communities."
Today's strategy session includes AEOPAS (a Spanish network of public water operators), City of Madrid officials, unions and water justice movement activists.
A 'blue community' is a municipality that adopts a framework that recognizes water as a human right, opposes the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events, and promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services. A blue community can also be a university, faith-based grouping, union, First Nation, or another kind of association.
Globally, blue communities now include:
Twenty-one Council of Canadians chapters have now signed up to take part in the #StoptheKMbuyout day of action on Monday June 4.
The Council of Canadians Mid-Island, Ottawa, Fredericton, Kent County, Powell River, Comox Valley, Saskatoon, Nelson, London, Montreal, Chilliwack, Prince Albert, Campbell River, South Niagara, Guelph, Inverness County, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Regina, PEI, Saint John and South Shore chapters will take part in rallies on Monday to express opposition to the Trudeau government's multi-billion-dollar purchase of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
The Council of Canadians is working with Leadnow, 350, Sierra Club, The Leap and other allies on this day of action.
One year ago today, Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara delivered boxes of petitions - signed by more than 8,000 people - to the head office of the CPPIB in Toronto calling on the investment board to not invest in the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.
The Council of Canadians called on the Indigenous Services minister, the Environment minister (seen in this photo), the Prime Minister, and at least twelve other cabinet ministers early this morning to stop Kinder Morgan.
The Council of Canadians and allies called out to at least half of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet early this morning as they arrived on Parliament Hill for a 7:30 am cabinet meeting on the controversial 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau is now announcing that the federal government has come to an agreement with Texas-based Kinder Morgan - subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders - for the federal government to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion infrastructure for $4.5 billion.