Federal trade agreements discussed

Speaking tour on federal government's new trade and investment agreements hits Nanaimo Saturday (May 25).

The Council of Canadians’ opposition to the federal government’s negotiations on new trade and investment agreements is the topic of a speaking tour that comes to Nanaimo Saturday (May 25).

The public is invited to an evening with Stuart Trew, trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians, and Brenda Sayer, Hupacasath First Nation, at CHYL Global Headquarters, 25 Front St., starting at 7 p.m.

The Council of Canadians is opposed to all free trade regimes designed to increase the power of corporations at the expense of social, environmental and economically sustainable development.

Hosted by the council, the talk includes information on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union, the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements, all of which the council believes locks in the rights of corporations to make a profit while undermining the ability of communities to make decisions that would best serve residents.

Sayer presents an update on the constitutional challenge the Hupacasath First Nation has launched against FIPA.

For more information, please go to www.canadians.org/trade.