Media advisory - North American opposition to debate SPP at public forum

    OTTAWA, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of the Leader's Summit in
Montebello, the Council of Canadians is bringing together activists, academics
and politicians from across the continent to discuss concerns about the
impacts of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) on the public
interest, the environment and human rights. The forum will also include a
political panel where Canada's opposition parties-the Liberal Party, the New
Democratic Party, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party-will debate the SPP.
Conservative MPs have declined an invitation to participate in the debate.


    Key speakers:

    Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
    Gustavo Iruegas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Legitimate Government of
    Michèle Asselin, Fédération des femmes du Québec / RQIC
    Michael Byers, author, Intent for a Nation: What is Canada for?
    Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and anti-war activist


    Sunday August 19
    4:00 p.m - 6:30 pm


    Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa

    The Council of Canadians is organizing the forum with the collaboration
of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE), Common Frontiers, the Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of
Canada (CEP), The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC), Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW)
and le Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC).

For further information:

For further information: Meera Karunananthan, Media Officer: (613)
233-4487 ext. 234, cell: (613) 795-8685, meera@canadians.orgl;

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