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Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 7
Brent Patterson | Day 13: The Council of Canadians is encouraging everyone to send us a photo of yourself, your friends and family blowing a bubble for democracy to take a poke at Harper's campaign bubble.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 6
Brent Patterson | CBC reports, "Conservatives threw two university students out of a Conservative rally in London, Ont. on the weekend."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 5
Brent Patterson | Day 11: The Kamloops Daily News reports, "The Kamloops chapter of the Council of Canadians is first off the mark with a federal all-candidates forum set for Friday, April 15."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Will this budget see Canada prioritize green infrastructure spending? Will this budget decrease the gap between spending on defence and the environment?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4
Brent Patterson | Day 10: On Saturday, the Liberals released their election platform. At their May 2009 convention in Vancouver, the Liberals passed a resolution stating they would "enshrine water as a human right."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 3
Brent Patterson | Day 9: The Vancouver Sun reports, "After several days, it is clear (Stephen Harper's) daily schedule is carefully designed to minimize political risk."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 2
Brent Patterson | Day 8: As week 2 of this election begins, the Council of Canadians continues to work to highlight key issues of concern -- renewable energy, public health care, fair trade and the right to water.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 1
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Canadian taxpayer dollars slated for fighter jets demonstrates Harper is not here for Canadian interests or the environment, says the Council of Canadians.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 1
Adrienne Silnicki | On April Fool's Day 1984, the Canada Health Act (CHA) was adopted by the federal government. It dealt with the transfer of funding for health care from the federal government to the provinces.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 1
Brent Patterson | Day 7: We are almost a full week into this election. Yesterday, we raised our concerns about the Canada-European Union 'free trade' talks including through articles in Postmedia newspapers.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 31
Brent Patterson | Day 6: The major news today may be Conservative Leader Stephen Harper committing to free trade, in particular the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 30
Brent Patterson | The news dominating the headlines today is the exclusion of Green party leader Elizabeth May from the leaders' debates.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 29
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Positively appraising the performance of the Canadian economy compared to G7 countries has been a steadfast beating drum of the Harper Conservatives communications.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 29
Brent Patterson | Day 4: The 41st general election in Canada continues today. Look for announcements from all the party leaders around 9 a.m. ET setting the message for the day as well as party platforms.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 28
Brent Patterson | On the third day of this federal election, the Council of Canadians is signaling that Canada-European Union free trade negotiations should not take place two weeks from now, given the election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 27
Brent Patterson | Day 2: At 9:20 a.m. yesterday morning, Stephen Harper announced that a federal election will take place on Monday, May 2.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 26
Brent Patterson | In about two hours time (at 9 am ET), Prime Minister Stephen Harper will leave 24 Sussex Drive and cross the street (likely in a five-car motorcade as he did in 2008) to visit Governor General...
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 25
Brent Patterson | This afternoon, a House of Commons vote of non-confidence in the Harper Conservative government passed and we now appear headed for a May 2 election.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 21
Brent Patterson | We're feeling very positive about our intervention against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations this week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 20
Brent Patterson | We will be meeting with the European Public Services Union, Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Food and Water Europe, and others.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | Any move to strengthen patent protection would be extremely contentious because it would mean higher prices for many new drugs, raising costs for consumers, insurers and provincial health plans.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | Even as Canadian and European Union negotiators sit down this week for the sixth round of free trade talks, a series of sensitive issues -- both political and technical -- are causing delays.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | The Toronto Sun reported this morning that, "Canada and the European Union have entered the sixth round of trade talks this week for what could be the largest free trade agreement since NAFTA."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | We are attending a debate at the European Parliament this afternoon. It is here that the Canada-EU CETA -- if signed -- would eventually come for debate and approval.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | Why can Vaclav Havel not enter Canada freely?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | We are here at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France today to raise concerns about the Canada-European Union CETA with as many representatives within the 736-seat body as possible.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 19
Brent Patterson | We have just completed our meeting with MEP Joe Higgins. He is a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 18
Brent Patterson | Our intent is to set up as many meetings as possible with Members of the European Parliament to share with them our critique of the CETA.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 17
Brent Patterson | On Monday afternoon we met with provincial negotiators from Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia at the European Management Centre, a non-descript office building in Brussels where the CETA negotiations
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 17
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is here today to say that you can't address the climate crisis we face without also addressing trade deals. We cannot have climate justice and water justice without trade.

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