Trade Justice Network

Trade Justice Network
Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale

Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale

July 07, 2011 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian and Quebec Labour, Environmental, Civil Society Groups to Challenge Canada-EU Trade Negotiations in Europe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - An eighth and critical round of Canada-European Union free trade negotiations toward a "Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement" (CETA) will take place July 11 to 15 in Brussels. For the third time since CETA negotiations began in May 2009, a delegation of Canadian civil society organizations from the Trade Justice Network (http://tradejustice.ca) and Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC - http://www.rqic.alternatives.ca/RQIC-fr.htm) will travel to Europe (London, Brussels and Paris) to discuss its concerns about CETA with Members of the European Parliament, unions, and NGOs. The two networks contest the content and closed-doors process of the Canada-EU trade negotiations, which threaten public services, environmental policy, Indigenous rights, municipal autonomy, farming and cultural policy, jobs and other important areas of social policy.

WHEN: July 8 - 15, 2011
WHERE: London (UK), Brussels and Paris
WHO: Members of the Trade Justice Network and RQIC travelling to Europe:
- Larry Brown, national secretary-treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
- Carol Ferguson, senior officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
- Garry Neil, executive director of the Council of Canadians and the International Network for Cultural Diversity
- Amélie Nguyen, coordination committee member of the Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC)
- Dr. John O'Connor, family physician in Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay, Alberta, and Council of Canadians board member
- Teresa Healy, senior researcher, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
- Blair Redlin, national research representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
- Scott Sinclair, senior research fellow, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
- Jasmine Thomas, community member from the Yinka Dene Alliance, representing The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
- Stuart Trew, trade campaigner, Council of Canadians

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