Negotiating from Weakness

Canada-EU trade treaty threatens Canadian purchasing policies and public services
April 19, 2010
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Drawing heavily on leaked documents, including the draft negotiating text, this analysis of the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) warns that it poses a serious threat to Canada’s procurement policies and a broad range of public services.

According to the analysis, the proposed CETA would have an adverse impact on public services, such as waste, drinking water, and public transit. The proposed rules would entrench commercialization, especially public-private partnerships; prohibit governments from obliging foreign investors to purchase locally, transfer technology or train local workers; and make it far harder for governments to reverse failed privatizations.