Calling the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement a “deeply flawed” agreement, Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs this morning that the deal should be rejected.
“At a time when trade has become a lightning rod for public unrest, the federal government’s approach to CETA fully disappoints,” Dias said.
The committee is considering a bill to implement CETA, but Unifor’s position is that the lopsided trade deal should instead be rejected. Dias took issue with the threat to good jobs and public services if CETA is implemented, noting that there has never been a public consultation on the full text of the deal, and that the deal itself has changed significantly since a partial text was reviewed in 2013.
Since the original trade agreement was signed, its contentious Investor-State Disputes Settlement system has been revised, an interpretive statement was released after public outcry in Canada and Europe, and Britain, Canada’s largest trading partner in Europe, has voted to leave the European Union.
“Despite all of these fundamental changes, the federal government has taken no further assessment of the deal and there is a real threat to jobs and our public services that must be considered,” Dias said.
At the very least, he said, the federal government should hold proper consultations on CETA’s final text – including analysis of the ISDS reform, the interpretive statement and the impact of Brexit.
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