IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ Canada-Colombia trade deal ~ C-2
April 1st, 2010 - 4:00am
40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, following up on my colleague from Welland, I too am presenting a few hundred names of petitioners who are concerned about the Canada-Colombia trade deal. It is important to note, particularly for Liberal members, that all of these petitioners come from the riding of Kings—Hants and the region of Wolfville. Those petitioners profoundly disagree with the member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, who has tried to give a rubber stamp to this trade agreement.
Colombia has the worst record in the world for killings of labour activists and forced and violent displacement of rural Afro-Colombians and aboriginal peoples. Because of that horrendous track record and all of those reasons, these petitioners are calling upon Parliament to reject the Canada-Colombia trade deal until an independent human rights impact assessment is carried out. These few hundred constituents of Kings—Hants are asking Parliament to reject the deal.