Urgent letters on Canada-EU trade deal

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]

 

Comox Councillors:

 

Paul Ives, Mayor – pives@comox.ca

 

Patti Fletcher, Councillor – pfletcher@comox.ca

 

Tom Grant  Councillor – tgrant@comox.ca

 

Ken Grant  Councillor – kgrant@comox.ca

 

 

 

Maureen Swift  Councillor – mswift@comox.ca

 

 

Courtenay Councillors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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]

 

 

 

 

President, Mary Sjostrom, Mayor, Quesnel – msjostrom@quesnel.ca

 

VP, Rhona Martin, Director, Columbia Shuswap RD – rhona@malakwa.ca

 

VP Sav Dhaliwal, Councillor, Burnaby – sav.dhaliwal@burnaby.ca

 

VP Al Richmond, Cariboo RD – arichmond@cariboord.bc.ca

 

Past President Heath Slee , East Kootenay RD – slee@flexibb.com

 

Kerry Jang, Councillor, Vancouver – kerry.jang@vancouver.ca

 

Linda Hepner, Councillor, Surrey – LMHepner@surrey.ca

 

Galina Durant, Mayor, Stewart – mayor@districtofstewart.com

 

Art Kaehn, Fraser-Ft.George RD – akaehn@rdffg.bc.ca

 

Michael Morden, Councillor, Maple Ridge – mmorden@mapleridge.ca

 

Andy Shadrack, Central Kootenay RD –ashadra@telus.net

 

Joe Stanhope, Nanaimo RD – jstanhope@shaw.ca

 

Barbara Steele, Councillor, Surrey – HBSteele@surrey.ca

 

Mitch Campsall, Mayor,  110 Mile House – mcampsall@cariboord.bc.ca

 

Harry Kroeker, Councillor, Merritt – bgk@telus.net

 

Sharon Gaetz, Mayor, Chilliwack – gaetz@chilliwack.com

 

Murry Krause, Councillor, Prince George – murry.krause@cinhs.org

 

Claire Moglove, Councillor, Campbell River – councillor.moglove@campbellriver.ca

 

Jerrilyn Schembri, Peace River RD – prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca

 

 

C:   A note to MLA Don McRae   –   don.mcrae.mla@leg.bc.ca

 

Honourable Teresa Wat, MInister for International Trade, MIT.Minister@gov.bc.ca

 

Honourable Christie Clarke, Premier. premier@gov.bc.ca

 

 

 

 

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]

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