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CUPE National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow have launched a cross-country tour to oppose the proposed trade deal called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

This tour will take place prior to the critical eighth round of CETA negotiations between Canada and the European Union in Brussels this July. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said recently he is committed to proceeding ‘full-throttle’ on CETA and on having the deal signed by January 1, 2012, just eight months from now.

Public meetings are scheduled for six cities.

Montreal: May 24, 7 p.m. at the Centre St-Pierre

Toronto: May 26, 7:30 a.m. in the Osgoode Ballroom at the Toronto Sheraton Centre

Saskatoon:  May 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Frances Morrison Library

Winnipeg: June 27, 7 p.m. (location to be confirmed)

Halifax: June 28, 7 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Cultural Association Centre

St. John’s:  June 29, 7 p.m. at The Lantern

If CETA is signed it will:

  • threaten our democracy by putting corporate rights first
  • encourage privatization of Canada’s drinking water and wastewater services
  • threaten local job creation and “buy-local” policies
  • cause prescription drug costs to skyrocket by at least $2.8 billion per year
  • allow big corporations to challenge environmental regulations

Together we can stop this trade deal and protect communities, health care and the environment.

For details see the event posters below, or check back for details closer to the date.