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The proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) poses a serious threat to Canada’s procurement policies and a broad range of public services, says a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The release of the report, which draws heavily on leaked documents including the draft negotiating text, coincides with the third round of negotiations between Canada and the European Union from April 19-23 in Ottawa.

To help shed light on the risks involved under CETA, the Trade Justice Network has invited three people from the trade justice movement in Europe to speak at public events in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto from April 19 to 21.

• Gérard Choplin, coordinator with Via Campesina Europe, will speak about the effects of trade liberalization on food, farming and seeds.

• Frédéric Viale with Attac-France will describe Europe’s trade agenda and how aggressively the European Commission pursues public policy changes abroad through free trade deals.

• Rolv Hanssen of Public Services International will speak about the privatization agenda of European service corporations and the Canada-EU union resistance to the current free trade negotiations.

Please attend one of the following free public events:

Ottawa: Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street (side-door off parking lot)

Montreal: Tuesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Pavillon Athanase-David de l’UQAM, local D-R200, 1430, rue Saint-Denis (angle Maisonneuve, métro Berri-UQAM)

Toronto: Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m.
University of Toronto, International Student Centre (Cumberland Room), 33 St. George Street (just north of College)
The Trade Justice Network is a group of environmental, labour, cultural and other organizations that have come together to challenge the corporate priorities and secretive negotiating process of the proposed Canada-EU free trade agreement.