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Danny Cavanagh, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, is calling on the government to protect the province’s interests from a flawed free trade deal known as CETA.

In his letter published in the Chronicle Herald, Cavanagh and Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles argue that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is handing over our democratic rights to multinational corporations by negotiating the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Cavanagh says the deal would threaten buy-local procurement policies, measures to protect jobs in key industries like the fishery and will lead to increased privatization of water utilities and water treatment.