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Brent Patterson | We're feeling very positive about our intervention against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations this week.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brent Patterson | Why can Vaclav Havel not enter Canada freely?
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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.
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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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Brent Patterson | This afternoon we met with Reuters business reporter Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck primarily on the investor-state provision being negotiated now to be part of the CETA.