OTTAWA, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Council of Canadians congratulates all
members of parliament who voted to exclude water from the North American Free
Trade Agreement on June 05, 2007.
The motion was passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 134 to 108.
Tabled by the Standing Committee on International Trade, the motion recommends
that the Federal government "begin talks with its American and Mexican
counterparts to exclude water from the scope of NAFTA."
"We have been warning the government for years about the dangers posed by
NAFTA to Canada's water," says Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of
Canadians. Barlow spoke to the Standing Committee on International Trade last
month about the need for a national water policy that would ban bulk water
exports to the United States.
"We are proud of our elected officials for taking the responsibility to
protect Canada's water," says. "We now expect our government to take the
House's direction on this matter despite the fact that all Conservative Party
members voted against the motion."
Opposition parties pushed the motion forward in response to a leaked
document obtained by the Council of Canadians revealing that bulk water
exports were being discussed at a closed-door trinational meeting involving
the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States within the framework
of the Security and Prosperity Partnership.
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