IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
April 1st, 2009 - 4:00am
40th Parliament, 2nd Session
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, I have pages of additional names of Canadians living in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.
The petitioners call upon Parliament to not push any further with the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement until a full and independent human rights impact assessment is done.
Colombia has the highest rate of assassination of human rights defenders and union leaders in the entire world. The petitioners believe this is not the appropriate use of our trade negotiations, to push ahead with an agreement with a country that has such widespread human rights violations.
These pages of petitioners add to the thousands upon thousands of Canadians who have already signed petitions to the government and to Parliament, asking that there be no further push ahead with the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement.