OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Yukon government has decided not to
join the Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement. The announcement
comes just before Canada's provincial ministers of trade meet, June 10.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has commissioned legal
opinions from trade law expert Steven Shrybman which suggests TILMA is
unconstitutional because it infringes on the rights of governments to make
public policy and allows private arbitration panels to rule on disputes
normally sent to the courts.
Saskatchewan also rejected TILMA last summer after holding province-wide
"We applaud the Yukon government first for consulting its citizens and
second for pushing for reforms to the Agreement on Internal Trade instead of
this dangerous deal," said CUPE National President, Paul Moist.
Moist added that all eyes were now on Ontario and Québec to see which
model of decision making they adopt as they contemplate internal trade.
"Secret negotiations and no consultation seem to lead to TILMA," Moist said,
"where public consultation and concern for the health of communities leads
Earlier this week CUPE revealed that the framework for the Ontario-Quebec
Economic Partnership Agreement will remain secret, contrary to published
promises by Jean Charest and Dalton McGuinty that it would be a public
(*) Steven Shrybman on BC's TILMA implementation bill
(*) Steven Shrybman on Alberta's TILMA implementation bill
(*) Steven Shrybman's general assessment of TILMA
For further information:
For further information: Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613)