NDP to amend motion, support European trade deal in principle

NDP Leader Cam Broten and the Opposition support in principle a tentative trade deal between the European Union and Canada, and will amend a government motion being debated Wednesday to add due diligence in promotion of Saskatchewan’s interests.

"Saskatchewan people and businesses produce world-class products, including some of the best agricultural exports. The NDP is a strong supporter of expanding and diversifying Canada’s trade relationships with the European Union and it’s good for us to seek to open up new markets for what Saskatchewan is selling,” said Broten, who added that his support takes into account the European Union’s democratic nations’ high environmental and labour standards.

The government motion being debated in the Legislative Assembly Wednesday affirms support of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The NDP's amendment will retain support for CETA in principle, adding the common sense due diligence of reading the deal to confirm its benefit to Saskatchewan and Canada.

Neither Saskatchewan’s official Opposition nor Canadians have seen the text of CETA yet.

"I think this amendment is common sense," said Broten. “Standing up for Saskatchewan means reading CETA to keep an eye on the interests of Saskatchewan. If the deal changes prescription drug costs, or municipalities’ ability to procure locally, it could affect families and businesses – they deserve due diligence from their elected representatives.”

The motion as it will be amended and supported by the NDP will read:

That this House supports the agreement in principle for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reached by the Government of Canada and European Union and calls on all legislators to undertake the appropriate due diligence to review and assess the agreement and support its swift implementation if it is confirmed to be in the best interests of Saskatchewan and Canada

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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus