October 21, 2013 – Council of Canadians Trade Campaigner Stuart Trew makes the following comments on the announcement today by Harper government ministers that they will be touring Canada to promote the newly concluded Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations.
“This is the furthest thing from a debate on CETA. For that to happen, we would need to see the real deal, the text itself, and to have a real opportunity to debate it in our communities, and even to change or remove the parts that would hurt workers, the environment and local democracy. The reality is we can’t trust Harper to sign a good deal for Canada. He could prove us wrong by releasing the CETA text and launching cross-Canada hearings with a real opportunity to affect the outcome of the Canada-EU negotiations.”