Harper signed the Canada-EU 'free trade' agreement in Brussels this morning (at 7:30 am ET).
The news reports this morning, 'The provinces have approved the free-trade agreement with the European Union, but key players Ontario and Quebec are insisting the federal government open its wallet to mitigate some of the impact, notably by compensating dairy producers. ...But political and legal obstacles remain for the deal, which is unlikely to take effect before 2015. ...The long period to ratify the deal while it is translated into several languages and pushed through the European Parliament and the legislatures of all 27 members might allow for bumps. Canada has yet to agree to a related political treaty that guarantees respect for human rights. ...And three countries -- the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria -- have signalled they are unlikely to ratify the trade agreement unless Canada lifts visa requirements imposed to deter asylum-seekers.'
If the provinces have already capitulated to Harper, then Canadian, Quebecois and Indigenous peoples will find a way to work with our European friends to defeat this deal in the European Parliament and in the legislatures of the 27 countries within the European Union. Harper can sign the deal, but that does not mean he will win it.
Thank you for reading this story...
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all. But media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our only supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help.
If everyone who visits rabble and likes it chipped in a couple of dollars per month, our future would be much more secure and we could do much more: like the things our readers tell us they want to see more of: more staff reporters and more work to complete the upgrade of our website.
We’re asking if you could make a donation, right now, to set rabble on solid footing in 2017.