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Ceta Water Report Final

Ceta Water Report Final

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Public Water for Sale:HoW canada Will Privatizeour Public Water SyStemS
 A report to provincial, territorial and municipal governments regarding theCanada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement 
December 2010
 
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 negoators, 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) negoaons, scheduled for Brussels in January 2011. The report cauonsprovincial and territorial governments in parcular about the eect of proposed services, investment
and procurement commitments in CETA on public water systems and water management in Canada. It
explains the benets of public ownership and management of water ulies and the importance of publicnance for urgently needed municipal and First Naons water system upgrades. Finally, it makes severalrecommendaons on how to protect public water systems from proposed policy restricons in CETA thatwould encourage privazaon.
ABOUT THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest cizens’ organizaon, with membersand chapters across the country. We work locally, provincially, federally and internaonally 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 corporaons orgovernments, and is sustained enrely 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 municipalies, health care, educaon, libraries, universies, social services,public ulies, transportaon, emergency services and airlines. CUPE members are proud to deliver themajority of Canada’s community drinking water and wastewater services.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The authors would like to thank all those who gave help and advice in the wring and producon of this
report. All of the views included in the report are those of CUPE and the Council of Canadians and are not
aributable to colleagues in other organizaons. Thank you to Merrell-Ann Phare (Centre for IndigenousEnvironmental Resources), Irving Leblanc (Assembly of First Naons), Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians/ Food and Water Watch), Sco Sinclair (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternaves), Steven Shrybman (SackGoldbla Mitchell LLP), Wendy Lyon and Sylvie St. Jean from CUPE, and Brent Paerson, Emma Lui,Mahew Ramsden, Pam Woolridge, Jan Malek and Dylan Penner from the Council of Canadians. Also, aspecial thanks to Corporate Europe Observatory, the Transnaonal Instute, the Canadian Centre for PolicyAlternaves, and the Centre for Civic Governance (Columbia Instute) for allowing us to reproduce their
material.
AUTHORS:
Kel Cameron, Meera Karunananthan and Stuart Trew
 
PROOFREADING:
Wendy Lyon, Sylvie St. Jean
 
DESIGN:
Mahew Ramsden
 
TRANSLATION:
Chantal Cléroult
 
1
Public Water for Sale: How Canada Will Privaze Our Public Water Systems
table of contentS
Execuve Summary
2
Introducon
3
Canada’s Vulnerability: A public water system in crisis
5A federal privazaon agenda 5Environmental legislaon 7
 
Wastewater Systems Euent Regulaon
7
Safe Drining Water for First Naons Act 
8In the interest of the EU 9
Canada-EU Free Trade Negoaons and Public Water
11Liberalizaon of water services: From GATS to CETA 12CETA, investment and water services 13An investor-to-state dispute process in CETA? 15Sub-federal procurement and water ulies 17Alternave visions for procurement 20
Conclusion
22
Endnotes
24
TEXT BOXES
Public-Private Partnerships: A failed model globally 61.Commied to the Environment You Say... 82.Labour Mobility and Regulatory Harmonizaon 9
3.
Remunicipalizing Water Services 164.Summary of Recommendaons 235.

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