B.C. municipalities rejection of 'TILMA' trade deal should send clear message on Atlantica

    TRURO, NS, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The overwhelming rejection of the Trade,
Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) by delegates to the Union of
B.C. Municipalities convention this week should send a clear message to all
Nova Scotians that 'Atlantica' is equally bad news.
    That assessment comes today from CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny
Cavanagh who says, "This should send a clear message to Premier MacDonald and
to all local governments and taxpayers that these secretive trade agreements -
being pushed essentially by big business - only serve to remove power from
local governments.
    "Just this week we learned that two U.S. oil companies, drilling oil off
Newfoundland, are planning a lawsuit under the North American Free Trade
Agreement over demands that they spend money on research in the area.
    "This should raise a red flag for every provincial government in Atlantic
Canada," says Cavanagh.
    "The public needs to ask why these deals, like Atlantica, are happening
behind closed doors without any public input. It's time we moved this issue
into the provincial legislature where it belongs, so that our elected
representatives can have an open and democratic debate on it," says Cavanagh.

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell), cupenovascotia@tru.eastlink.ca; John McCracken, CUPE
Communications Representative, (902) 455-4180 (o)

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