Media advisory - New trade opinion on for-profit child care bolsters - CUPE demand that Prime Minister Harper reverse his opposition to Bill 303

    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - A trade opinion prepared by legal expert
Steven Shrybman for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirms the
dangers of foreign corporations buying up child care operations in Canada.
    "This expert legal opinion substantiates what the child care movement has
long been saying - how much more evidence does the Harper government need
before finally acknowledging the risks of foreign investment to our imperiled
child care system?" asks CUPE National President Paul Moist.
    "The best protection Canada has against trade infringement on child care
is to once and for all designate it a not-for-profit public program."
    With the release of this critical trade opinion, CUPE renews its call for
Prime Minister Harper to publicly reverse his opposition to Bill C-303, the
Early Learning and Childcare Act currently awaiting third reading. CUPE also
demands the federal government not put child care on the table at any future
trade talks for NAFTA or GATS.

    Who:    Steven Shrybman - lawyer, Sack, Goldblatt and Mitchell
            Paul Moist - national president, Canadian Union of Public
            Shellie Bird - CUPE National Child Care Working Group

    When:   Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 10:00 am

    Where:  130-S (Charles Lynch Room), Centre Block, Parliament Hill

    What:   CUPE releases the Shrybman trade opinion on child care

    The Canadian Union of Public Employees - Canada's largest union -
represents over 570,000 members across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Pam Kapoor, CUPE Communications, (613) 853-8089

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