Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade Study of CETA (pdf).
Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
All we’re asking for at this point is a public consultation and debate on these extreme investment protections like the Commission has agreed to organize in Europe.
How is anyone expected to say yes or no to this EU deal if Ottawa is not prepared to release it publicly before CETA is signed, sealed and delivered?
In the U.K. and France, politicians from left and right are attacking European plans to put an investor-state dispute process into a U.S. (and Canadian) free trade agreement.
An assessment contradicts assurances from the European Commission and the Harper government that there will be more protections in CETA for the so-called "right to regulate" in the public interest.
It's time to reverse course on corporate rights treaties -- to balance the desires of investors to profit against our democratic right to govern in the broader public interest.
This month's unanimous motion by Toronto City Council insists that Toronto have a say in whether they should be covered by international trade rules restricting their spending and government powers.
Maude Barlow and Stuart Trew
Every few months, the Canadian public is asked by one polling firm or another how it feels about a CETA. Consistently, between 70 and 80 per cent of respondents say they generally like the idea.
A potentially serious obstacle to completing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union has received limited attention: genetically modified (GM) crops.
Small- and big-C conservative provincial governments have forced legislative votes on a Canada-EU trade and investment deal no one has seen and isn't even finished yet.