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Victoria must ensure full public review of trade deal
When did we, as Canadian citizens and members of a B.C. community, agree to give corporations from other countries the power to challenge, to sue and to strike down our municipal, provincial and federal laws?
I, personally, don’t remember any politician promising to do this at any time over the last couple of decades.
Nor do I remember any discussion about the value of keeping our participation in huge international agreements secret, without public debate or decision-making at any level of government.
Challenges to our sovereignty and this secrecy are both things that I do not support, and would have argued strenuously against them, had I been given an opportunity.
We all need that opportunity now.
The B.C. government will be asked to ratify the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), likely within the next year.
The public has not seen the full text of the agreement, nor have many provincial officials.
No municipal governments have been allowed to see it, even though the BC Union of Municipalities has passed several motions expressing their concerns about the inclusion of their spending and regulations for the first time in a large trade agreement.
We need assurance from the B.C. government that it will not ratify this agreement without a full public review.
Alice de Wolff,