Biggest re­source give­away of all time?

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Edi­tor;

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,

Par­adise, NL

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