A report to provincial, territorial and municipal governments regarding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
By The Council of Canadians and CUPE
Trade with Europe would be a good idea if it meant more good jobs and better social services. But like all “free trade” agreements, the CETA is not about that. It’s about boosting corporate rights, lowering environmental standards, and weakening public services. As currently written, the CETA will threaten many aspects of our lives, from our public services, to our jobs, our environment, our food, our culture, our telecommunications, our water and resources — even our democratic rights!
Citizens in Canada and Europe have one clear option: reject CETA before it is ratified. If ratified, CETA will unfairly restrict how local governments source and procure goods and services, add hundreds of millions of dollars to the price of pharmaceutical drugs in our public health care system, create pressure to increase privatization of local water systems, transit and energy, and give corporations the power to sue governments over policies and regulations that affect their profits. The secretive negotiating process and an agreement that benefits corporations more than citizens is an affront to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic.
Canada’s experience with food regulations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) shows that the threats trade agreements pose to food quality and safety are very real in free trade agreements.
The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Europe, Food & Water Watch, the Transnational Institute and nine other groups based in the European Union and the United States have released a new 8-page briefing paper titled Oil Corporations Vs. Climate: How investors use trade agreements to undermine climate action.
This video and paper is offered as a warning to Europeans who care about the health of their people, the resilience of their communities, the fate of their public services, and the protection of their natural resources.http://canadians.org/transatlantyckim-polskie
Trade promoters say that there are always some winners and some losers in “free” trade agreements. But the more you learn about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the fewer benefits you see for Canadian families and communities. Instead, we will be “giving” while corporations are “taking.”
Twenty years of a failed free trade agenda is too much. It’s time to say “no” to corporate rights deals!
For 20 years we have been told by governments and corporations that free trade is good for us. They say increased trade will bring increased prosperity and a better society. They say the benefits of NAFTA, which was signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico 20 years ago this month, cannot be questioned. They were wrong then and they’re even more wrong today.
Support for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) drops when people find out what’s in the deal
Public opinion polls consistently show high support (between 70 and 80 per cent) for the idea of a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. And really, who wouldn’t support more trade with a large and relatively prosperous economy such as Europe? The problem with these polls is that they don’t ask the deeper questions about the type of trade agreement Canada is signing.