Could you take a bit of time today or tomorrow to send these three messages on Canada-European Union trade deal? Cumberland has tabled an important motion at the Union of BC Municipalities that starts Tuesday, Sept 16.
A: to Comox & Courtenay Councillors & Mayors
Dear Councillor/Mayor ____________, I am very concerned about the impact that a Canada-European Union trade deal will have on our community if it includes a ban on “buy local” policies as demanded by the EU. I think we should be looking for ways to support local companies, workers and farmers when we spend public money. But CETA would make those policies illegal or else very difficult to put in place. That’s why I hope you will support a motion from the City of Cumberland asking the Union of B.C. Municipalities to request “a clear, permanent exemption for local governments from CETA.” Thank you, [Your Name]
B: To Union of BC Municipalities executive members:
Dear Councillor/Mayor _______________, I am very concerned about the impact that a Canada-European Union trade deal will have on B.C. communities if it includes a ban on “buy local” policies as demanded by the EU. That’s why I support the repeated calls of the Union of B.C. Municipalities for a “clear, permanent exemption for local governments from CETA.” As an executive member of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, I believe it is your role to do more to make sure the province listens to this widely held position. The UBCM cannot be satisfied with anything less than proof the B.C. government will exempt local governments from CETA’s overly restrictive rules on public spending. Thank you, [Your Name]
Dear __________, I’m writing to express my strong concern with ongoing Canada-European Union trade negotiations and their impact on my community. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has three times now requested “a clear, permanent exemption for local governments from CETA.” That’s because they can see that the EU agreement will ban “buy local” policies on public spending, and put other restrictions on local governments that don’t make sense. Around the world, local governments are trying to increase the amount of money they spend locally – for environmental reasons as much as to create jobs or support local farmers in the case of food purchases. I don’t see why pro-local policies should be made illegal by a trade deal. The B.C. government has a responsibility to listen to the UBCM by excluding local governments from these rules in CETA. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, [Your Name]