Media advisory - Council of the Federation draws observers - CUPE's Paul Moist will be there

    OTTAWA, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul Moist will be in the 400-year old
City of Quebec from July 16 to 18. Moist will be available for commentary
throughout the Council of the Federation-a meeting of Canada's 13 provinces
and territories.
    As national president of Canada's largest union, Moist will be paying
close attention to what these leaders have to say, in particular about
internal trade and climate change.
    The challenging issue of labour mobility, expected to be a primary topic
of discussion among the leaders at this year's event is also a topic of great
interest to CUPE. Last May, CUPE commissioned a legal opinion on the
constitutionality of such an agreement between BC and Alberta -Trade,
Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA).
    "The TILMA established a legal process allowing businesses and
individuals to contest government or municipal administration measures that
are an impediment to profits. For example, if one province has stricter health
and safety or environmental regulations than its neighbour, a company can
invalidate them, in the event that a province refuses to relax its
    "On May 21 of this year, Steven Shrybman, the trade and the public
interest expert qualified the TILMA as 'unconstitutional'. This clearly needs
to be discussed," said Moist.
    In addition, Moist will call upon the leaders to redouble efforts to deal
with the issues affecting climatic change particularly in the blatant absence
of federal government leadership.
    "The public sector should be showing leadership particularly in areas of
renewable energy, energy efficiency and just transition programs."

    What:   Annual Council of the Federation. Parallel labour events

    Who:    Paul Moist, national president-CUPE

    When:   Wednesday, July 16 to Friday, July 18, 2008

    Where:  Quebec City

For further information:

For further information: Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613)
808-0675; Stan Marshall, Managing Director National Services, (613) 286-6568

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