Join the Days of Action marking CETA’s “Give and Take”
September 25-26, 2015
Trade promoters say that there are always some winners and some losers in “free” trade agreements. But the more you learn about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the fewer benefits you see for Canadian families and communities. Instead, there are important things we will be giving away.
Citizens in Europe are seeing the same things and that’s why 2.4 million Europeans have said no to CETA. In Canada, more than 50 Canadian municipalities have said no to CETA.
Who gives?: Canadian families, workers, communities and the environment
Who takes? International corporations
Where is the balance?
What can you do?
- Write a letter to the editor.
- Ask your local federal candidates questions and attend debates.
- On October 19, vote in the federal election.
- Join one of these events or plan your own.
This is a Transatlantic day of action in solidarity with actions happening in Europe and Canada. It is being held in conjunction with “We can do better,” a pan-Canadian day of action to get out the vote.
In September 2014 Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed CETA. The Harper government says that CETA – along with the other 40 trade agreements the government has been negotiating – is central to Canada’s economic future. But the details of these agreements remain secret right up until they are signed. And the deals only partly address the trade in goods. Increasingly, trade deals are drastic experiments that create new rules that bypass local democracies. They allow back-door policies that affect our health care, education, financial and cultural institutions and even our democratic decision making for years to come.
While Stephen Harper claims CETA is a done deal, it isn’t. More than 2 million Europeans have signed a petition against CETA. The EU parliament and some national governments have expressed serious concerns about the deal and some are suggesting it will not be ratified.