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Tell Trudeau No rubber stamp for CETA!

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verynewtothis wrote: The Canada-European Union 'Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement' (CETA)

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Canada's banking regulations under attack in EU trade deal
February 27, 2013 - 4:20pm

According to a short news piece by Canadian Press today, "Canada is struggling to maintain the traditional standards it imposes to protect financial services in Canada from foreign control and financial instability ." CP obtained a February 1 version of the services chapter: http://cupe.ca/trade of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which was circulated to EU member states, showing that "Canada's vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table."

A separate article in the Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2013/02/27/canada-seeks-exemption-for-financial-sector-in-eu-trade-talks-sources/ elaborates on the news, saying "Canadian negotiators are pushing for the financial sector to be broadly exempted from commitments in a trade pact they are hammering out with the European Union," and that this is "one of the key sticking points in the talks, according to people familiar with the matter." How to handle financial regulations is "among half a dozen outstanding issues that negotiators on both sides are grappling with in Brussels this week," says WSJ.

CETA: Lessons from Canada

This 5-minute handimation video gives a comprehensive background on CETA (the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) -- a controversial deal also known to many as TTIP

Canada and the European Union began negotiating the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in 2009. It is a “next generation” free trade and investment pact that is better understood as a corporate power grab. CETA is a way to further deregulate and privatize the Canadian economy while increasing corporate power and undermining Canadian and European efforts to address the climate crisis.

In September 2014, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy signed a joint declaration to “celebrate the end of negotiations of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement.”

The announcement of the completion of CETA was also the first time people in Canada and Europe were allowed to see the official text of the agreement. The deal was signed without any public consultation. We are now being told that no changes are possible.

If ratified, CETA will unfairly restrict how local governments spend money by banning “buy local” policies, add hundreds of millions of dollars to the price of pharmaceutical drugs in our public health care system, create pressure to increase privatization of local water systems, transit and energy, and much more. The secret negotiating process and the overall corporate agenda behind these next generation deals are an affront to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Citizens in Canada and Europe are left with just one option: reject CETA before it is ratified.
Read more:

CETA In Depth

Officials announced the end of CETA negotiations on September 26, 2014 and citizens in Canada and Europe were finally given their first opportunity to see the official text of the 1600-page agreement: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ceta/index_en.htm#outcome

Based on a mid-August leak of the final agreement: http://canadians.org/blog/ceta-text-leaked-prompting-numerous-concerns-about-its-implications , Canadian and European researchers had already released an initial analysis of the major provisions on of CETA, called Making Sense of the CETA: An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/making-sense-ceta . Despite media reports, CETA faces an uncertain future: https://canadians.org/sites/default/files/publications/ceta_1.pdf as it moves through a ratification process on both sides of the Atlantic that may take two years or more.

On the eve of the September 26, 2014 Canada-EU Summit the Council of Canadians and more than 100 civil society organizations on both side of the Atlantic released a joint statement opposing the agreement.

Canada–European Union Summit in Ottawa:

Over a Hundred Organizations on Both Sides of the Atlantic Strongly Oppose an Agreement that will Enrich Multinational Corporations at the Expense of Citizens’ Rights:



The former Harper government argued that CETA – along with the other 40 trade agreements the government was negotiating – is central to Canada’s economic future. But the details of the agreement remained secret through the entire negotiation process. And trade deals like CETA only partly address the trade in goods. Increasingly, trade deals are drastic experiments that create new rules that bypass local democracies. They allow back-door policies that affect our health care, education, financial and cultural institutions and even our democratic decision making for years to come.

CETA gives:

• International competitors the right to bid on mid to large projects in cities, First Nation communities and provinces.
• Corporations new markets as public services are opened up to privatization.
• Pharmaceutical companies longer patents so people will have to pay more money for drugs.
• Foreign corporations the right to sue countries when government regulations interfere with their profit margins.
• Energy corporations weaker regulations that will send more tar sands crude to European markets.

CETA takes:

• Power away from cities to create local economic development programs.
• Effective protection or exclusions away for environmental regulations or public health concerns.
• The ability for small farms to sustainably provide local food by removing supply management rules.
• Away our power to create alternative energy and environmental policies.

CETA is not a done deal. More than 2 million Europeans have signed a petition against CETA. The EU parliament and some national governments have expressed serious concerns about the deal and some are suggesting it will not be ratified.

Background Information

In July 2012, the Council of Canadians released The CETA Deception - How the Harper government’s public relations campaign misrepresents the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in response to the misinformation and propaganda campaign the Harper government initiated in April 2012 in response to growing concerns about the CETA negotiations.

Transatlantic Statement Opposing Excessive Corporate Rights (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA): http://www.tradejustice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/EUCAN_DECLARATION_EN.pdf

The Council of Canadians, with over 70 European, Canadian and Québecois groups, has signed on to a joint statement strongly opposing the inclusion of an excessive investment protection chapter and investor-state dispute settlement process (ISDS) in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The statement has been signed by multiple organizations demanding that the European Union and Canada cease negotiating investor rights and an investor-state dispute settlement process into the CETA. The signatories vigorously oppose any transatlantic agreement that compromises our democracies, human and Indigenous rights, and our right to protect our health and the planet. Read the full statement here: http://www.s2bnetwork.org/european-canadian-civil-society-groups-call-rejection-ceta/

Impact on local governments - CETA: http://archive.cupe.ca/updir/TJN-CofC-CUPE_letter_to_munis_re_CETA_leak-Final.pdf

In January 2013, CUPE, the Council of Canadians, and the Trade Justice Network, Maude Barlow and Paul Moist wrote a letter: http://archive.cupe.ca/updir/TJN-CofC-CUPE_letter_to_munis_re_CETA_leak-Final.pdf to municipal councillors, with new information about the impact on local governments of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Presentation to Toronto City Council, Executive Committee Re: Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Stuart Trew, Trade Campaigner for the Council of Canadians, February 13, 2012: http://canadians.org/sites/default/files/Presentation-TO-city-council-0212.pdf

Legal opinion by Steven Shrybman on the municipal impacts of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, May 2010: http://www.civicgovernance.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CETA.pdf

Canada is minutes away from ratifying the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

And it’s happening without any public consultation.

The legislation implementing CETA, Bill C-30, is now going to third reading in the House of Commons. In the lead-up to the last federal election, the Trudeau government promised better consultations on trade agreements. The Liberals criticized the former Harper government‘s lack of transparency. Trudeau said, “Sunlight is the world’s best disinfectant. Liberals will shed new light on government.”

Yet now, the Trudeau government wants you to accept CETA wholesale, without consultation or in-depth study. We have no economic estimate for how much CETA will cost us in increased drug prices. We have no idea how it will affect municipalities’ ability to buy local. We have no study on how it will affect our economy, including our farming and fishing communities. We have no idea how CETA will change with Britain, our largest European trading partner, exiting the European Union.

We do know that CETA includes investor-state dispute provisions that allow corporations to sue governments when policies infringe on their profits. We know CETA will endanger public services.

There should be no rubber stamp for CETA.

Make your voice heard – send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau and ask him to keep his promise of transparency by finally allowing full public consultation on CETA.
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UPDATE concerning the ratification...UPDATE concerning the implementation of CETA:

EU, Canada sign historic CETA free trade agreement

Published on Oct 31, 2016

After seven years of negotiations the European Union and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels, Belgium.

The deal eliminates 99 percent of tariffs between the EU and Canada.

RT correspondent Alex Mihailovich joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario to break down the deal.

EU-Canada trade deal on winding road to ratification:
Politico | 13 April 2017 By Florian Wicki


Even though the EU’s landmark trade deal with Canada has been approved by the European Parliament and should take effect provisionally in July, some of the toughest hurdles for its final ratification still lie ahead.

Because it was declared a “mixed” trade accord, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement must pass muster with 38 national and regional parliaments across the EU before it is fully approved — and each of these parliaments has the right to stop the treaty.


Some of the 38 parliaments are already pushing ahead with ratification. Latvia’s Saeima was the first to give its green light to the treaty in February, and others intend to follow soon.

POLITICO reached out to the remaining 37 chambers to find out:

Are they already on track?
Who are the frontrunners?
Who’s trailing behind?


Even if CETA passes those ratification hurdles, the treaty won’t be entirely in the bag. In 13 of the 28 EU countries, opponents can launch a referendum to challenge the ratification. Although those referenda are non-binding, they can still put immense pressure on governments to make additional requirements or reconsider their position.

This became evident last year when the Dutch voted against the ratification of the EU-Ukraine trade agreement, forcing the government to embark on long negotiations with other EU countries and Ukraine to reassure voters that the deal is no precursor to EU membership — a fear expressed by opponents of the deal during the referendum campaign.

The concern is that opponents of the Canada agreement, such as well-funded German NGOs, will turn the deal’s controversial Investment Court System into the bogeyman of a renewed anti-CETA campaign to gain traction in such referenda.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström warned last year of the risk of such referenda: “We can’t have local referenda on all trade agreements if we want to be serious,” she said, adding they would undermine the EU’s credibility as a trading partner. “If we do that, we can close the shop,” she said.

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