Julian to talk free trade with Europe

Peter Julian, an NDP federal MP and the party’s critic to international trade, will give a talk in Kelowna about issues of concern on a proposed Canada-European Trade Agreement.

  • Tue Feb 8th, 2011 2:00pm
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Peter Julian, an NDP federal MP and the party’s critic to international trade, will give a talk in Kelowna about issues of concern on a proposed Canada-European Trade Agreement.

The agreement is officially known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, and critics and advocacy groups across the country fear the far-reaching proposal will seriously undermine local autonomy and control.

“Everything from how we produce energy, grow food and supply water, to public services, cost of pharmaceuticals, intellectual property rights, as well as education and health services, is on the table,” said Tisha Kalmanovitch, NDP candidate for Kelowna Lake Country

Julian is concerned that too few Canadians are aware of the threats CETA poses for local governments and local autonomy. “We have zero confidence in the ability of this Conservative government to negotiate a trade agreement that will serve the best interests of Canadians,” Julian said.

The event takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, room H115, at Okanagan College.