Council of Canadians applauds UBCM rejection of TILMA



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Council of Canadians applauds the
Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for taking a strong stand
against the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in a
landmark vote this morning. Municipal representatives passed a motion to
either drastically alter TILMA to address the concerns of local governments,
to be exempted from TILMA, or to push the province to scrap the agreement
entirely.
    "This is a severe blow to TILMA by municipalities" said Carleen Pickard,
B.C. spokesperson for the Council of Canadians, who is attending the
convention this week. "This is what citizens, environmental, labour and social
justice organizations have been hoping for."
    Councilors expressed almost unanimous support for the motion against
TILMA during the discussion preceding the vote. TILMA, which was signed into
law without public debate or legislative oversight last April, is a legally
binding agreement between B.C. and Alberta that gives businesses and
individuals the right to sue either province when they feel that any
regulation and local government policy "restricts or impairs" investment.
    Premier Gordon Campbell, one of the chief architects of TILMA, will
address the UBCM tomorrow with a speech on global warming.
    "Councilors should question Premier Campbell on the contradictions
between TILMA and environmentally sustainable practices," says Pickard. "Among
other things, TILMA forbids municipalities from passing local purchasing and
green initiatives to lessen their community's environmental footprint."
    "The UBCM's vote, along with the rejection of TILMA by Saskatchewan and
Manitoba, will weaken the case for TILMA in Ontario and Québec, where
provincial governments are considering this deal."




For further information:

For further information: Carleen Pickard, B.C. regional organizer for
the Council, (604) 340-2455

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