Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

June 09, 2009 13:55 ET

Media Advisory: Canadians to Protest Colombian President Uribe's Visit and Free Trade Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - Canadians opposed to an Ottawa visit by Colombian president Alvaro Uribe will gather on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, June 10 to remember thousands of trade unionists and citizens murdered by paramilitaries in Colombia.

President Uribe is attempting to convince Canadians to ratify a free trade agreement signed late last year. The legislation implementing the deal is stalled in Parliament. It has been lifted from the legislative agenda, for now, following intensive lobbying by unions, human rights activists and community groups.

The protests on June 10th are meant to show that ratifying free trade with a murderous regime that has the worst human rights record in the Americas sends the wrong message.

WHAT: Demonstration and theatre regarding human rights in Colombia.
A blood red carpet will be rolled out on Parliament Hill. Giant
puppets will represent President Uribe and Prime Minister Harper.
Figures dressed in black will represent victims of violence in

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10th, 1 p.m.

WHERE: In front of Centre Block, Parliament Hill

WHO: Human rights supporters, unions, inter-faith groups

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • Dennis Gruending
    613-526-7431 or 613-878-6040
    Sheila Katz
    CLC International Department
    613-526-7407 or 613-866-7432