CEP and Council of Canadians say NAFTA lawsuit threatens sovereignty



    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - ExxonMobil's announcement they will sue
Canada under NAFTA provisions over local content and jobs requirements in the
Newfoundland offshore oil industry is "an outrageous attack on Canadian
sovereignty."
    Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada National
President Dave Coles says there is no better example of how NAFTA undermines
Canadian sovereignty.
    Maude Barlow, the Chair of the Council of Canadians says "this outrageous
challenge is proof that NAFTA was designed for American corporate interests
alone. The government of Newfoundland is simply doing what any good government
would do in trying to maximize local resources to promote local jobs and
prosperity. The Harper government should abrogate this flawed deal once and
for all."
    "I have some advice for Prime Minister Harper," adds Coles. "Rather than
spending millions of dollars defending Canada before another NAFTA panel, the
Prime Minister should simply inform the U.S. administration that Canada no
longer recognizes Chapter 11 of NAFTA."
    "The very idea that a company like ExxonMobil can sue Canada and
Newfoundland for establishing requirements for research and development and
local employment is an outrageous attack on Canadian sovereignty."

    CEP is one of Canada's largest private sector unions representing workers
in several key sectors of the economy: forests, oil and gas exploration,
telecommunications and the media.




For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628; Maude Barlow, (613)
233-4487

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