O'Neill applauds Saskatchewan for rejecting the TILMA

    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - CUPE BC congratulates the Saskatchewan
government for its decision to reject any plans of joining the B.C. and
Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), the union
said today.
    Citing the TILMA's too-broad scope, unanswered questions and lack of
certainty about being able to include Saskatchewan's concerns if B.C. or
Alberta doesn't agree, Government Relations Minister Harry Van Mulligen called
the TILMA too risky for Saskatchewan.
    "This is a very encouraging development," CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill
said, after learning of the decision.
    "It speaks to the very real scepticism that's out there about the TILMA
and the many ways it undermines local autonomy and erodes democracy. The TILMA
is not so much a trade agreement as a corporate enablement agreement."
    After initially expressing interest in the deal, even the opposition
Saskatchewan Party rejected the TILMA in June, partly because of the threat it
posed to the autonomy of the Saskatchewan government.
    Instead of joining the TILMA, the Saskatchewan government intends to
continue working through the 1995 Agreement on Internal Trade to address the
minor regulatory impediments that exist in inter-provincial trade and labour
    "Let's hope other provinces follow suit and show the courage and
foresight the Saskatchewan government did today," said O'Neill.

    Other links:
    "Saskatchewan Announces Agenda for Internal Trade," August 1, 2007

    "Sask. won't join Alberta-B.C. trade deal," August 1, 2007

    "Sask. Party says it won't sign trade deal," June 29, 2007

For further information:

For further information: Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC president: (604)
340-6768; Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132, www.cupe.bc.ca

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