Atlantica will harm Canadian economy says Maude Barlow



    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council
of Canadians, is speaking in Halifax today to warn Atlantic Canadians of the
dangers of Atlantica - a proposal by the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of
Commerce (APCC) and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) to
integrate the easternmost provinces with northeastern United States.
    "This scheme will give the United States greater access to Canadian
resources without benefiting Canadians," says Barlow.
    Local union representatives have stated that there is no advantage to the
local economy when unrefined oil, gas and other materials are sent to the
United States to be refined by American workers.
    U.S. business interests will be central to this agenda given that just
this week the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce appointed American
business executive Jonathan Daniels as its chairman.
    The Council of Canadians warns that Atlantica is part of a larger agenda
led by corporations to integrate the economies of Canada, the United States
and Mexico known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of Canada (SPP).
All three governments have confirmed that they will be using the SPP to
further the Atlantica agenda.
    The Council of Canadians is asking Atlantic Canadians to speak out
against this regional integration plan that will weaken Canada's ability to
protect jobs, natural resources and the public interest.

    Maude Barlow will being speaking against Atlantica this coming Wednesday
June 13 at 6:30 pm at the Scotiabank Auditorium, Dalhousie University Hall
along with Scott Sinclair of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and
Alejandro Villamar of Red Mexicana de accion frente al libre comercio.




For further information:

For further information: Kyle Buott, (902) 422-7811, (902) 444-9437,
kbuott@canadians.org

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