Trade Justice Network

Trade Justice Network

January 14, 2011 11:34 ET

Media Advisory: Trade Justice Network to Challenge Canada-EU Free Trade Talks in Brussels, Strasbourg

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2011) - A sixth round of Canada-European Union negotiations toward a "Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement" (CETA), or free trade agreement, happen from January 17 to 21 in Brussels.

WHAT: Members of the Trade Justice Network (www.tradejustice.ca), which comprises over two dozen Canadian environmental, labour, Indigenous, farmers, and social justice organizations critical of the CETA negotiations, will travel to Brussels and Strasbourg next week to meet with European decision makers and civil society groups. They will express their opposition to many parts of the agreement, in particular its proposed investment protections, the threats CETA poses to public water and local procurement, and the constraints CETA will put on effective climate and environmental policy in Canada and the EU.
   
WHEN: January 17 to 21, 2011
   
WHO: Members of the Trade Justice Network travelling to Brussels and Strasbourg include:
   
  - Brent Patterson, director of campaigns, and Stuart Trew, trade campaigner, both with the Council of Canadians
   
  - Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous tar sands campaigner with The Indigenous Environmental Network
   
  - Blair Redlin, senior researcher with the Canadian Union of Public Employees
   
  - Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union
   
  - Ronald Cameron, member of the board, ATTAC-Québec

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