Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Published Reports About Canada-EU CETA Are Discouraging

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a paper about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Canada-EU CETA) entitled "Negotiating from Weakness: Canada-EU trade treaty threatens Canadian purchasing policies and public service". Please go to the following link for the well-written article - http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/negotiating-%E2%80%89weakness.  I do not agree with all of the conclusions in the article.  That being said, a variety of points of view will help the debate.

In addition, the Trade Justice Network, which is comprised of environmental, labour, farmer, cultural and social justice organizations who have come together to challenge the Canada-EU free trade negotiations, has posted the leaked draft EU chapters or parts thereof of the Canada-EU CETA.   Please go to http://www.tradejustice.ca. The site includes a number of "fact sheets" - http://www.tradejustice.ca/FactSheets?bl=y.

Also see articles at Council of Canadians - http://www.canadians.org/tradeblog/ 

PR Newswire - http://tinyurl.com/y48dfsq

Rabble.ca - http://tinyurl.com/2fm4saf

Vive Le Canada.ca - http://tinyurl.com/23j56sy

Reading all of these reports, one conclusion is that the Canada-EU CETA negotiations have lost some of the glow.  Canadians want  deeper trade partnership with the EU.  However, public opinion is starting to question whether the cost of a deal is too great.

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