Most Canadians don’t even know what TILMA stands for. Well, it’s the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, and it’s bad news.
TILMA – so far only a deal betweeen British Columbia and Alberta – was signed without democratic process, without consultation in the provincial legislatures and municipalities.
The Agreement creates a far-reaching deregulation that will benefit the economic considerations of corporations all while challenging governments right to create public policy. It eliminates the power of Municipalities and local and regional governments to act in the best interest of their citizens and communities. A legal opinion produced by Steven Shrybman for CUPE determined that TILMA will undermine municipal authority.
Nonetheless, the province of Ontario wants in. The Council of Canadians is traveling across the province this week (June 18th to 23rd) with a presentation called “What’s the Deal? Ontario, TILMA and the threat to local democracy”. Speaking will be: Carleen Pickard, BC-Yukon Regional Organizer and Eduardo Sousa, Ontario-Quebec Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians.
CUPE applauds the Council of Canadians’ commitment to informing the public in a way that our current provincial and federal government seems uninterested in. We encourage all of our Ontario members to attend these events.
Toronto: Monday June 18th, 7:00 pm, Toronto Reference Library – Beaton East Room, 789 Yonge St. (2 blocks north of Bloor St.)
Cobourg: Tuesday June 19th, 7:00 pm, Columbus Community Centre, 232
Spencer St. East (corner of Spencer and D’Arcy Streets) — In partnership with the Northumberland Region Chapter of the Council of Canadians
St. Catharines/Thorold: Wednesday June 20th, 7:00 pm, Regional Council Chambers, 2201 St. David’s Road (Thorold) — In partnership with the Niagara Region Chapter of the Council of Canadians and OPIRG-Brock
Guelph: Thursday June 21st, 7:30 pm, Dublin St. United Church –
Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St. West — In partnership with Guelph Chapter Council of the Canadians, Guelph and District Labour Council and OPIRG-Guelph
Windsor: Friday June 22nd, 7:00 pm, The Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave.
— In partnership with Windsor Chapter of the Council of Canadians
London: Saturday June 23rd, 10:00 am, at Spencer Lodge – Regional
Social Forum, 531 Windermere Rd. — In partnership with the Regional
Social Forum and the London Chapter Council of Canadians