Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Action Alert: Urge Premier to protect health and forgo trade agreements

Today and tomorrow, Canada's premiers are holding their annual Council of the Federation meetings. RNAO is concerned that the premiers are discussing strengthening inter-provincial trade agreements, which could compromise health and safety, promote privatization and deregulation, and threaten the viability of Medicare.

Today and tomorrow, Canada's premiers are holding their annual Council of the Federation meetings. RNAO is concerned that the premiers are discussing strengthening inter-provincial trade agreements, which could compromise health and safety, promote privatization and deregulation, and threaten the viability of Medicare.

 

Background

 

As Canada’s premiers gather this week for their annual meeting, Ontario’s nurses are urging Premier Dalton McGuinty to resist signing on to inter-provincial trade agreements that weaken health, safety and labour standards.

 

Nurses are worried about the impact that such agreements could have on the overall social and health standards of Ontarians. For example, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) was signed by British Columbia and Alberta in 2006 and will support further privatization, deregulation and pose significant threat to Medicare, social programs, and the independence of local governments.

 

In 2007, Ontario and Quebec announced that they would move to a joint agreement. The pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) in Quebec City is a step in the wrong direction. The AIT is part of a negative agenda to deregulate and weaken Medicare and other social programs. Trade agreements will also stifle the government’s ability to support the best interests of its citizens. Canadians must be cautious about trade agreements because they will have a major impact on health, the environment, public policy, and investment priorities.

 

Action Requested

 

Urge Premier McGuinty to stand firm on not signing inter-provincial trade agreements that go against his commitment to protect Ontario’s citizens and their social programs, environment, public policy and well-being. Visit [Link] to send a letter directly from our website. You can send our sample letter as is, or modify as you wish. Please make sure to sign your name and RN title at the bottom of the letter.

 

Related Items

 

Media Release: Nurses tell Premier to protect health and forgo trade agreements

 

 

Action Alert: Leave Ontario out of TILMA-like trade agreements

 

 

Open Letter from RNAO to Premier regarding the Agreement on Internal Trade and Ontario-Quebec Negotiations

 

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