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TPP critics to make case against the controversial deal at Montreal consultations

Raging Grannies

MONTREAL – On Tuesday, May 10, the Council of Canadians, Citizens in Action, ATTAC-Québec, and the Raging Grannies will welcome the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade to Montreal just before planned hearings get underway on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The groups will remind the trade committee, composed of MPs from three federal parties, about the growing opposition to the TPP. The Raging Grannies will offer their tongue-in-cheek musical perspective on the subject.

When: Tuesday, May 10 at 8:30 am EDT.

Where: In front of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque West (Mansfield corner and René-Lévesque, Montreal).

“A study by Tufts University shows that Canada could lose 58,000 jobs because of the TPP. Major losses could also take place in Quebec’s dairy, eggs and poultry sector,” warns Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “Why can’t we have a deal that creates economic opportunity for everyone, not just corporations?”

The committee will hear from a hand-picked group of witnesses as part of its ongoing review of the Harper-era deal. The TPP accounts for 40 percent of the global economy, but has been negotiated with the greatest secrecy.