ABOUT THIS REPORT
This report has been prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians aspart of their joint work on water and trade policy. The report is being distributed to federal, provincial and
territorial decision makers, trade negoators, municipal councillors, Members of the European Parliament,
the media and the public in advance of a sixth round of Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic
and Trade Agreement (CETA) negoaons, scheduled for Brussels in January 2011. The report cauonsprovincial and territorial governments in parcular about the eect of proposed services, investment
and procurement commitments in CETA on public water systems and water management in Canada. It
explains the benets of public ownership and management of water ulies and the importance of publicnance for urgently needed municipal and First Naons water system upgrades. Finally, it makes severalrecommendaons on how to protect public water systems from proposed policy restricons in CETA thatwould encourage privazaon.
ABOUT THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest cizens’ organizaon, with membersand chapters across the country. We work locally, provincially, federally and internaonally to promote
progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of
social and economic concern to Canadians. The Council does not accept money from corporaons orgovernments, and is sustained enrely by the volunteer energy and nancial assistance of its members.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest union, represents more than 605,000women and men working in municipalies, health care, educaon, libraries, universies, social services,public ulies, transportaon, emergency services and airlines. CUPE members are proud to deliver themajority of Canada’s community drinking water and wastewater services.
The authors would like to thank all those who gave help and advice in the wring and producon of this
report. All of the views included in the report are those of CUPE and the Council of Canadians and are not
aributable to colleagues in other organizaons. Thank you to Merrell-Ann Phare (Centre for IndigenousEnvironmental Resources), Irving Leblanc (Assembly of First Naons), Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians/ Food and Water Watch), Sco Sinclair (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternaves), Steven Shrybman (SackGoldbla Mitchell LLP), Wendy Lyon and Sylvie St. Jean from CUPE, and Brent Paerson, Emma Lui,Mahew Ramsden, Pam Woolridge, Jan Malek and Dylan Penner from the Council of Canadians. Also, aspecial thanks to Corporate Europe Observatory, the Transnaonal Instute, the Canadian Centre for PolicyAlternaves, and the Centre for Civic Governance (Columbia Instute) for allowing us to reproduce their
Kel Cameron, Meera Karunananthan and Stuart Trew
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