Biggest resource giveaway of all time?
An article in the Jan. 6 Globe and Mail by Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians, she argued, among other things, the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated ‘is a bid for unprecedented and uncontrolled European access to Canadian resources, ... (and that) this (access) ... includes fish’.
Ms. Barlow went on to say the ‘EU is seeking to remove export restrictions and foreign investment limits from Canadian processing plants, as well as increased access to Canadian ports to bring the raw fish back to Europe for processing’.
Furthermore, she stated while ‘Europe has overfished its own waters and is seeking uncontrolled access to ours’, a recent trade sustainability impact assessment commissioned by the European Commission also warns the Canada-EU Trade Agreement will also ‘ likely lead to overfishing, especially in the Atlantic’.
Accordingly, I would ask: “ What, if any, measures are included in the province’s MOU process, and what, if any, measures are being taken by the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador Governments to ensure our fishing industry and our coastal fishing communities are protected from the negative implications of the CanadaEU Free Trade Agreement?”
Or is this trade agreement Newfoundland and Labrador’s biggest resource ‘giveaway’ of all time? Maurice E. Adams,