EU Trade Deal could destroy Newfoundland and Labrador

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ST. JOHN'S – The Harper government's sought EU trade deal would remove all control by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador into the total control Big Business elites in Europe.

"CETA" would destroy any remaining Canadian sovereignty that is not already destroyed by NAFTA.  CETA would transform the people of Newfoundland and Labrador into "third class" citizens in our own province.  But, you will not watch this scam against the people of Newfoundland and Labrador on your local CTV and CBC affiliates.  That is because these networks (as well as local radio stations and local newspapers) are controlled by the those interests who want to slip CETA under the radar of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

CETA would also, by default, divest the same kind of foreign elite control to elites south of the border.  At a time when we, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador were seeking to use our Oil money to transform our province into an "Alberta of the East", the Prime Minister is conspiring to kick the province back to an even worse state of economic dissolution.

With the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly set to open after more than 14 months, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas is urging the premier – and all three parties – to debate CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe.

Says Lucas, “Leaked documents related to the ongoing Canada-European Union (EU) trade negotiations show that Canada and the provinces have failed to protect drinking water and wastewater services from trade rules which will open the door wide to privatization of these public services.

“Stephen Harper’s message to the EU is that big European water companies who see public water services as a barrier to their investment opportunities in Canada, need worry no more. For Newfoundland and Labrador, this represents ten times the threat of Gisborne Lake,” suggests Lucas.

Says Lucas, “Premier Dunderdale must understand that the people of our province hold a great deal of trust in publicly-owned, operated and delivered water and sanitation systems. Like Medicare, this is a sacred trust!”

For more information, please contact:

Wayne Lucas      
CUPE NL President    
(709) 727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180


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