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Trade

Trade is important to the Canadian economy to the extent that it enriches communities, respects democracy, and preserves our shared natural environment. But free trade agreements signed by Canada and other countries in the past 30 years have had the opposite effect.

From the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement of 1988, through NAFTA, the WTO and Canada’s many Foreign Investment Protection Agreements, to today’s bilateral, European Union and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, these deals enrich multinational corporations at the expense of the vast majority of people and the planet. In fact, these old and new agreements are better understood as corporate rights deals.

The Council of Canadians believes trade agreements should be made by and for people, not corporations. We campaign to make trade deals fair, and trade policy open and democratic.

Moderna

Domestic, publicly-owned production key for Canada’s vaccine-security

Moderna’s new, Quebec-based vaccine manufacturing facility is not a cause for celebration, it’s another signal that the government is putting ...
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“Posing as Canadian” webinar: In conversation with Gordon Laxer

“Posing as Canadian” webinar: In conversation with Gordon Laxer

Thursday, November 24th at 7pm - 8:00pm MT On November 24th, 2022, the Council of Canadians is hosting a conversation ...
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CUPE Education workers

Council of Canadians supports CUPE workers in Ontario 

People across the country should defend our charter rights, which are currently under attack in Ontario ...
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The for-profit pharma industry leaves kids with cancer behind

The for-profit pharma industry leaves kids with cancer behind

Prescription medication is a ubiquitous part of contemporary life in Canada. In a given month, more than half of Canadians ...
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Citizen Oil Webinar

Citizen Oil: How oil lobbyists hide behind the maple leaf to protect profit and delay climate action

Thank you for attending the webinar on September 15, 2022, “Citizen Oil: How oil lobbyists are hiding behind the maple ...
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Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

STATEMENT BY 298+ ORGANIZATIONS: Governments Must Break Big Pharma-WTO Stranglehold on Access to Medicine by Taking Immediate Action to Prioritize ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

Send your MP this open letter supporting a People’s Vaccine

The Canadian Government, backed by an enormous push from the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, is supporting industry-friendly intellectual property rules that ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Canadian and international figures urge PM Trudeau to back the global call for a patent waiver

Health and justice advocates say Canada has been “out of step with the rest of the world.” THE COUNCIL OF ...
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