Council of Canadians

Council of Canadians

March 30, 2009 13:42 ET

Media Advisory-Interprovincial Investor Rights Are an Impractical Joke: New Report Reveals Undemocratic Trade Plan for Canada, Exposes Threats to Public Services

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - What: One day before the much disputed Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) goes into full effect between BC and Alberta, a report authored by expert trade lawyer Steven Shrybman concludes that the agreement, and other similar agreements being developed in Ontario and Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan will only further deregulate provincial policy and threaten public services.

The new report titled 'State of Play: Canada's Internal Free Trade Agenda' was commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will be simultaneously released on March 31 in Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and Whitehorse. The Toronto release will highlight the Ontario-Quebec Economic Partnership Agreement (OQEPA), negotiations for which are nearing an end while most Ontarians have never heard of the inter-provincial pact let alone had a chance to discuss and debate how it will affect their communities.

Where: Queen's Park Media Room, Toronto ON

When: Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 am

Who: Sid Ryan, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario section, Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Erin Weir, economist with the United Steelworkers union, and Stuart Trew, trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

Copies of the report 'State of Play: Canada's Internal Free Trade Agenda' will be available.

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