Your action on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is working! Thanks to your letters, telephone calls, e-mails and meetings with MPs, Bill C-23, the implementation legislation for the FTA, has been pulled from the government order paper until the fall!
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The St. John's Telegram reports this morning that, "Vale Inco awarded a major management contract for its planned $2.2-billion nickel processing facility in Long Harbour. The winning company is Fluor Canada. The Irving, Texas-based company beat out SGE Hatch and SNC-Lavalin for the right to manage the engineering, construction and supply purchases at Vale Inco's facility in Long Harbour...The company says it employs 42,000 people worldwide and took in $22.3 billion in 2008. It trades on the New York Stock Exchange."
Leo Gerard, the international president of the United Steelworkers union, and Ken Neumann, the Canadian national director, write in today's Toronto Star that, "The best strategy for Canada is not eliminating preferential procurement policies in the U.S. (the so-called Buy American provisions), but embracing procurement policies that favour goods made in North America over goods imported from overseas. North American manufacturing is highly integrated, with component parts crossing the Canada-U.S. border throughout the production process. A binational approach to government procurement would increase demand for both Canadian- and American-made products and allow firms with cross-border supply chains to fully exploit the advantages of this integration."
Columnist and political activist George Monbiot recently wrote about private finance initiatives (PFIs) in Great Britain, or what we know here as public-private partnerships (P3s).
Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson writes today that, "Instead of rushing toward exploiting the sands as quickly as possible, with all the attendant environmental problems, Alberta (because the recession has slowed down, or halted, oil-sands projects) can now reconsider the pace of development and, more important, establish a new set of rules that will reduce emissions."
The Canwest News Service reports this morning that, "Imperial Oil Ltd. is going ahead with...the $8-billion, 110,000-barrels-per-day first phase of its Kearl oilsands mine..."
The Council of Canadians has been actively opposing the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. To see our web-page with actions and information, please go to http://www.canadians.org/trade/issues/CCFTA/index.html.
Earlier today, Members of Parliament were in their third hour of debating C-23, the free trade agreement’s implementation act, and many critical questions are being asked. The Bloc Quebecois have put forward a motion that would stop C-23 and the NDP are supporting the Bloc’s motion. The key will be to add Liberal opposition to C-23 going forward.
At this critical time, we would like to ask you to support a creative Amnesty International action against the Canada-Colombia FTA.
The President of the United Nations General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto Brockman will be convening a critical United Nations conference on 'the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development' next month at the UN headquarters in New York.
This weekend, the Globe and Mail editorial board wrote, "On credit cards, greenhouse-gas emissions and automobile-industry insolvencies, not to mention infrastructural stimulus, Canadian policy-makers are increasingly echoing the policies of the United States. But since the Obama administration took power, such conformities have not aroused much nationalistic indignation." They then conclude that, "While the Council of Canadians, for example, continues to oppose what it calls 'deep integration' with the United States, it has not launched a campaign to criticize this latest wave of harmonization. Apparently, it makes a difference to many Canadian nationalists when the trend in the allegedly hegemonic power is toward social-democratic dirigisme.”
Janice Kennedy writes in the Ottawa Citizen today that, "The Internet behemoth (Google) wants to make the world's books available online, as part of its lofty self-declared mission 'to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.' The world's authors, on the other hand, think there should be checks and balances on that availability, along with acknowledgement of the books' creators that is more than token."