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Council of Canadians responds to EU Commissioner’s statement on Canada-EU free trade talks

The Council of Canadians is responding to the EU Commissioner’s demands for more concessions from Canada in the ongoing Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations by urging the Harper government to walk away from the talks. Canada has already been far too willing to put too much on the negotiating table, endangering local municipal spending power, increasing the likelihood of higher drug prices, and allowing European corporations to sue governments that try to protect their natural resources.

"Enough is enough," said Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow. "Clearly we are coming to the end of this road. Civil society doesn't want CETA. Dozens of municipalities are opposed and we know there is deep resistance inside a number of provinces."

"The Harper government should walk away from this flawed deal," said Stuart Trew, trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians.