On February 18, CETA passed in the lower house of the Netherlands Parliament by just three votes, 71 to 68. The Council of Canadians played a role in revealing how Canadian regulators were using the agreement to undermine EU regulations on toxins and other products. In response, CETA's supporters called our critiques "fake news" and "Canada bashing". In the end, the Dutch lower house passed a resolution based on our findings.
Our country continues to experience a corporate-led, colonial counter-revolution working to undermine the advancement of Indigenous rights.
The Alton Gas project is a proposal to store extremely high pressure natural gas in underground salt caverns. To create these caverns the company would drill wells into the salt deposit and dissolve the salt with water from the Shubenacadie River. The resulting brine would be about eight times saltier than seawater and would be piped back into the river, which is home to Striped bass and many other fish. For years, grassroots Mi’kmaq rights holders have opposed this project in their community and in court.
From the beginning it was clear CUSMA was going to be a corporate-friendly trade agreement. With President Trump in the White House, the old NAFTA as a template, media hysteria around the possible loss of NAFTA, and corporations being granted preferential access to the negotiations, the stage was set. But in Canada, our arcane processes did not allow the public or parliamentarians in. This must change.
Show the B.C. and federal governments that you will not sit idly by while Wet’suwet’en land defenders face state violence for protecting their lands and the planet in the climate crisis.