Friday, 26 September 2014

#CETA protested in Ottawa, Sept 26, 2014

Photo from Council of Canadians Facebook 
The Council of Canadians, and numerous other groups like the Seafarers International Union (SIU), Campact, CUPE, CUPW, RQIC and numerous others marched in Ottawa Sept 26, 2014, to speak out against the Canada-EU summit taking place in Ottawa today to mark the so-called completion of the negotiations for the CETA 'free trade' agreement. Citizens Against CETA stands in solidarity with the grassroots mobilization against CETA.

Photo from Council of Canadians Facebook 
With around 300 people gathering on Parliament the event showed that there is widespread doubt and misgivings around the so-called benefits of CETA. Yesterday Germany effectively put the CETA trade deal on hold over investor-state lawsuit provisions that would allow corporations to sue countries. 

The European Commission has said if the deal were to be reopened at this point that it would be effectively dead.  
So while Harper may want to trumpet his 'accomplishment' of securing a free trade agreement with Europe, the reality is that governmental and public opposition is only growing and CETA faces an uphill battle to be ratified over the next 2+ years.  
The Council of Canadians has been campaigning to derail CETA since 2009 and remains committed to working with allies both in Canada and Europe to defeat this dangerous deal.
Together in solidarity we can stop CETA!  

Photo from Council of Canadians Facebook 
Watch comedian Scott Vrooman criticize investor protection clauses, which allow corporations to sue governments for lost profits.