NDP moves to call Minister to Trade Committee for CETA briefing

December 6, 2012  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA -Official Opposition Trade Critic Don Davies will move a motion today to call International Trade Minister Ed Fast before the International Trade Committee to provide a briefing on the Canada – EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

“The Minister has said he wants to conclude a deal by the end of the year and that CETA is the ‘most ambitious’ trade agreement in Canadian history,” Davies said. “Recent leaked documents from the EU side show that the Conservatives are about to make major concessions on supply management, public procurement, investor rights and intellectual property.

“Canadian parliamentarians – particularly those of us who serve on the International Trade Committee – deserve to receive information on this critical deal,” Davies said.

Davies pointed out that the European Commission has provided extensive briefings to the EU Trade Committee whereas the Conservative Minister has yet to appear before the House of Commons Committee even once on this issue.

“The Conservatives have given briefings to municipalities and they routinely say that CETA is the ‘most open and transparent’ negotiations in Canadian history,” said Davies. “It is time to put some actions behind these words.

Davies said that CETA represents a large opportunity for Canada but presents many challenges.

“Before we sign a deal that raises prescription prices by billions, restricts our cities and town from local economic development and puts taxpayers on the hook for damages to investors, Parliamentarians must have a close look,” Davies concluded.

            

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