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Provinces must seek a public mandate on Canada-EU trade deal

Ottawa – The Council of Canadians comments on today’s meeting of federal, provincial and territorial trade ministers at which a joint statement was issued supporting the ongoing Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations:

“Provincial and territorial governments have been far too private about their intentions and support for ongoing Canada-EU free trade talks. The agreement on the table becomes more controversial with each quiet negotiating round and with each new municipal government asking to be excluded from proposed rules on public spending. From the effect of CETA on drug costs to environmental policy to public services like water, much more needs to be done at the provincial level to seek public input before any deal is signed with the EU,” says Stuart Trew, trade campaigner, Council of Canadians.

For more information on the CETA, including a list and map showing municipal governments seeking exclusion from the EU agreement, visit