The Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter


New View on New West

Posted by Winnipeg Chapter on September 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Throughout this election campaign Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen has attacked the NDP government for not joining the New West Trade agreement. McFadyen asserts that joining the New West agreement and cutting red tape would help Manitoba businesses. Now politicians of all stripes agree that trade is good and that we need healthy trade for a strong economy and vibrant communities. However, we also need our provincial government to be a strong advocate for us - their constituents - when negotiating trade deals, both internationally and within Canada. 

So far, Manitoba has stayed out of the interprovincial New West Trade agreement. This agreement puts trade panels in authority over our governments, who can be fined for not abiding by the trade panel decisions. A provincial government under the New West cannot set policy to support or encourage provincial business or to prefer a bid for reasons of locality. Expert trade lawyer Steve Shrybman has published a report showing how agreements of this kind threaten our public services and serve to further deregulate provincial policies that protect communities and the environment. This is the same regional trade agreement that the conservative party promises to join, and that would preclude them carrying out their other promise about benefiting local businesses and jobs.

On election day remember“pro-trade” is not the same thing as smart trade and support the party you know will stand up for Manitobans.

Contributor: Mary McCandless - Council of Canadians Winnipeg Chapter Member

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