Have you heard of this agreement CETA?? it stands for “Canadian-European Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement”
Its quite scary – read below.
It’s barely about trade at all – and they are negotiating behind closed doors. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is a “next generation” free trade and investment pact that Canada and the European Union have been negotiating since May 2009. But don’t let the title fool you. The Harper government sees CETA as a way to further deregulate and privatize the Canadian economy while increasing corporate power and undermining our democratic options for the future. The EU trade deal could:
Unfairly restrict how local governments spend money and ban “buy local” policies CETA Myth-Busting Guide
Add up to $3 billion to the price of drugs
Increase Canada’s trade deficit with Europe, leading to significant job losses
Empower European corporations to attack environmental and health measures
Undermine protections for health care and culture in past trade deals
Create pressure to increase privatization of local water systems, transit and energy
Strip farmers of their rights to save seed
The Harper government wants to sign CETA by the end of 2012. The Council of Canadians wants to stop that from happening, at least until the public has had a chance to see the final deal, make changes, and have a real say in whether it’s brought into force or not.
What does the Harper government have planned next, it appears we are either being sold out to the Chinese or the Europeans. Are you worried???? I sure am, and it appears the dog is pissed off with Harper too .