CETA Trojan Horse action on Parliament Hill this morning

By Brent Patterson, Monday, October 17, 2011    http://canadians.org

The Council of Canadians, the Trade Justice Network, RQIC and Attac France/ the Seattle to Brussels Network have just concluded a ‘Trojan Horse’ action on Parliament Hill.

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew, chairperson Maude Barlow, Trade Justice Network leaders, RQIC coordinator Pierre-Yves Serinet, and Frederic Viale of Attac France spoke to the 25+ assembled this morning.

Media present for the ‘photo op’ and interviews included CPAC, Sun Media, the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Press, CBC, Reuters, Agence France Presse, News 1310, and Postmedia News.

Yesterday, Calgary’s 660 News reported, “Don’t be surprised to see a giant, wooden trojan horse parked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this week as part of a planned protest over a possible free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union.”

On Saturday, Postmedia newspapers reported across the country that, “The ninth and potentially final round of negotiations begins Monday in Ottawa on a controversial Canada-European Union free-trade deal that could profoundly impact Canadian jobs and consumers. Opponents of the deal are planning a week of events and protests in Ottawa — including stationing a giant wooden Trojan horse on Parliament Hill — to highlight what they say are hidden implications of the agreement and the need for the government to proceed more cautiously.”

The article adds, “‬‪A number of citizen groups are voicing concerns with the Canada-EU trade talks. Spearheaded by the Council of Canadians and an umbrella organization called the Trade Justice Network, the groups plan to hold a ‘CETA week of action’ to protest the closed-door negotiations being held in Ottawa. Organizers will deliver a 14-foot-tall wooden Trojan horse to Parliament Hill on Monday to symbolize what they believe are hidden implications with the trade agreement, and will hold a handful of public forums with MPs and union officials during the week…”

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