RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun says it also could threaten Medicare and other social programs because “it has the potential of allowing private interests to sue governments for any measures that restrict profit-making. If Ontario were to join TILMA or similar agreements, it could mean pesticide companies in other provinces might be able to sue jurisdictions in Ontario that have passed pesticide by-laws.”
“Nurses are concerned about this and we believe citizens should be too. We encourage people in Ontario to learn more about the implications of these kinds of trade agreements and to write to Premier McGuinty about their concerns,” adds Grinspun.
Members of the public can read RNAO’s open letter to the premier and learn more about the Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) by visiting www.rnao.ca.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.