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March 24th, 2011

Human Rights Violations in Colombia Lead to the Tabling of Two Parliamentary Motions

Human Rights Violations in Colombia Lead to the Tabling of Two Parliamentary Motions

OTTAWA - The implementation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Deal, approved by Parliament last June, has led to the tabling of two Motions in the House of Commons and at the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) by NDP Critic on International Trade, Peter Julian MP (Burnaby-New Westminster).

September 20th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ NDP MP responds to Scott Brison

NDP MP responds to Scott Brison Peter Julian, National Post

Re: Partners In Human Rights, Scott Brison, Sept 13.

Colombia's present regime is renowned for its corruption, its brutal secret police and its links to military and paramilitary violence. Colombia has the highest rate of killings of trade unionists in the world and the widespread killings include teachers and community leaders. Rampant sexual abuse of women by the government's secret police, military and paramilitary forces has also been reported by human rights organizations.

June 11th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ withheld report on Colombia

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Supplementary Question

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, after six months of stonewalling, the NDP forced the release by the current government of a withheld report on Colombia.

June 11th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Report Stage ~ C-2 Canada-Colombia free trade deal

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, there was so little comment done in the minister's speech. The minister is a failed minister with a failed trade strategy.

June 10th, 2010

NEWS ~ CONSERVATIVES RELEASE REPORT ON VIOLENCE OF COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT / LES CONSERVATEURS PUBLIENT UN RAPPORT SUR LA VIOLENCE DU GOUVERNEMENT COLOMBIEN

CONSERVATIVES RELEASE REPORT ON VIOLENCE OF COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT Murder targets include labour activists, health workers, and lesbian and gay community leaders

June 9th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Questions and Comments ~ C-2 Canada-Colombia free trade deal

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, there is absolutely no doubt this is a day of shame and infamy for this Parliament of Canada.

June 7th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Op-ed ~ Forgery. Murder. Deception. The Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

Forgery. Murder. Deception. The Canada-Colombia free trade agreement Published on rabble.ca (http://www.rabble.ca)

The Canada-Colombia free trade agreement currently before the House of Commons Trade Committee has all of the elements of a fast-paced action novel.

June 7th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ 3rd Reading debate ~ C-2-Canada-Colombia free trade deal

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Debate on C-2

Our report stage amendments endeavour to start tackling these issues: the lack of credibility; the lack of process around this; the fact that the Liberal Party has completely betrayed its past. I think in the past, it is fair to say, under previous leaders, the Liberal Party did have some legitimate connection to human rights. And I think it is fair to say, when we look at the history of the Liberal Party, there were times when the Liberal Party stood up for human rights issues. That is not the case today under the current leader. I believe profoundly that is one of the reasons why the Liberal Party is in such difficulty in the polls. People in this country want to choose between something more than far right to extreme right points of view.

May 26th, 2010

NEWS ~ CONSERVATIVES TRYING TO SILENCE CRITICS OF CANADA-COLOMBIA FTA, SAY NEW DEMOCRATS - LES CONSERVATEURS ESSAIENT DE FAIRE TAIRE LES CRITIQUES DE L’ACCORD DE LIBRE-ÉCHANGE ENTRE LE CANADA ET LA COLOMBIE, SELON LE NPD

CONSERVATIVES TRYING TO SILENCE CRITICS OF CANADA-COLOMBIA FTA, SAY NEW DEMOCRATS Conservative and Liberals don’t want to talk about Uribe family links to brutal killings

May 13th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ S-3 Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2010

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I find the Conservatives' strategy of cramming several bills into one very curious. They did the same thing with Bill C-9. They put all sorts of things in that bill, but of course it was inappropriate and showed a complete lack of respect for Parliament.

May 10th, 2010

IN THE MEDIA ~ Trost touts Colombia trade deal -Free trade agreement would serve to benefit both countries: MP says

THE STARPHOENIX (SASKATOON) (FINAL) NEWS, Page: A1 / FRONT Duplicate: Regina Leader-Post

Trost touts Colombia trade deal -Free trade agreement would serve to benefit both countries: MP says Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix

May 10th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business ~ Adjournment proceedings - Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Question

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, I was going to rise in the House to ask the parliamentary secretary why the government is trying to evoke closure in the Standing Committee on International Trade on discussions around the Canada-Colombia trade deal. Dozens of groups, labour unions, human rights organizations, experts in human rights have all requested to come before the trade committee and the government is moving to close things down immediately without hearing from those groups.

April 22nd, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Colombian gold ~ Who’s really mining the big bucks in trade deal with rights-challenged regime?

News Colombian gold Who’s really mining the big bucks in trade deal with rights-challenged regime? By Andrew Cash, NOW Magazine

April 19th, 2010

NEWS ~ NEW DEMOCRATS SAY CONSERVATIVES USED DIRTY TRICKS TO FORCE 1st VOTE ON CANADA-COLOMBIA TRADE AGREEMENT / LES CONSERVATEURS ONT MANIGANCÉ POUR IMPOSER UN PREMIER VOTE SUR L’ACCORD DE LIBRE-ÉCHANGE ENTRE LE CANADA ET LA COLOMBIE

NEW DEMOCRATS SAY CONSERVATIVES USED DIRTY TRICKS TO FORCE 1st VOTE ON CANADA-COLOMBIA TRADE AGREEMENT

April 19th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act ~ Bill C-2

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, given the dirty tricks that happened in the House last Friday, every single Liberal member of Parliament should be standing up this evening and voting against this agreement on that basis alone. The reason why the Conservatives are bringing in dirty tricks is because the public is clearly not on their side.

April 13th, 2010

NEWS ~ NDP DEMANDS FAIR ELECTIONS BEFORE TRADE WITH COLOMBIA / LE NPD EXIGE DES ÉLECTIONS ÉQUITABLES AVANT DE SIGNER UNE ENTENTE COMMERCIALE AVEC LA COLOMBIE

NDP DEMANDS FAIR ELECTIONS BEFORE TRADE WITH COLOMBIA Electoral observers report fraud, illegal financing and armed groups marred first round of Colombia election

April 4th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Is Colombia free enough for free trade with Canada?

Is Colombia free enough for free trade with Canada? Human rights critics are sounding alarms over a trade agreement with Colombia now snaking through the Commons – with good reason, reports the Star 's former Latin America bureau chief

April 1st, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ Canada-Colombia trade deal ~ C-2

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.

March 30th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Debate ~ Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act - Bill C-2

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I thoroughly enjoyed the speech by the member for Outremont. He certainly understands trade issues and is one of the foremost members in the House on trade issues.

March 26th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Canada-Colombia trade deal

40th Parliament, 3rd Session ~ Question Period

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, l'accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et la Colombie vise à donner un accès préférentiel aux compagnies afin d'exploiter les ressources naturelles colombiennes. Le problème est que ces ressources sont situées sur les territoires habités par les populations autochtones et afro-colombiennes.

March 25th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Canada-Colombia trade deal

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Question

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Colombian trade deal has taken a sad new twist. Liberals and Conservatives believe they have found a way to fool the public concerned about murders and massacres there. What is it? It is self-monitoring. Unbelievably, the Colombian government gets to grade itself on its human rights record.

March 25th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-2 (formerly C-23), the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian: Mr. Speaker, I know the member is sincere in his concerns about the human rights abuses that are ongoing in Colombia. I certainly hope he can make those views known to his caucus and his leader because we are very concerned in this corner about the deal that seems to have been concocted between the Liberals and Conservatives to try to ram this bill through, despite the egregious ongoing and growing human rights violations taking place throughout Colombia.

March 24th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-2 (formerly C-23), the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Speaker : Mr. Peter Julian Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, let me get this straight. The same government that brought forward the brilliant and diabolical kill-a-trade-unionist, pay-a-fine provisions of the current Colombian agreement is now saying that the Colombian government can basically report to itself on its own human rights violations.

March 11th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Canada-Colombia Free Trade: 'Doing business with murderers.'

Canada-Colombia Free Trade: 'Doing business with murderers.'

Juliet O'Neill, Canada.com Canwest News Service bureau blog (http://bit.ly/bwIxrd) http://communities.canada.com/SHAREIT/blogs/politics/archive/2010/03/10/canada-colombia-free-trade-doing-business-with-murderers.aspx

November 17th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speech~Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-23, the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, yet again the member for Windsor—Tecumseh has shown why he is the most learned member in this place, as chosen by Maclean's magazine, and I hope that members in the Conservative and Liberal parties, which are willing to throw aside all kinds of principles including the basic principles of human rights and labour rights and social and labour standards to deal with an administration that has ties to both paramilitary thugs and drug gangs, will think twice and give their heads a shake about whether their constituents would actually approve of this kind of link.

November 17th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ no to the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present a list of more than one hundred names of people from the “republic of Madawaska”, from the communities of Saint-Basile, Saint-Joseph, Edmundston, and others in this beautiful region in northwestern New Brunswick. All of these names are in addition to the tens of thousands of Canadians who have already called on Parliament to reject the free trade agreement with Colombia, a country whose regime has blood on its hands.

October 29th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Harper's Colombia cover-up

Harper's Colombia cover-up How the PM betrayed his own MPs to sign trade deal with unionist-murdering regime By Andrew Cash http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=171984

September 15th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speech~Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-23, the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, it is inconceivable to me that Conservatives would vote for a privileged trade relationship, as the member for Windsor West mentions, with a government that has such an appalling human rights records.

September 14th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speech~Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-23, the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Stephen Colbert has a word for Republicans in the United States basically making up facts. The word he uses is “truthiness”. What Colbert has said in The Colbert Report is, “Truthiness is just feeling something in the gut rather than doing your due diligence and looking at your facts”. That is what the NDP has actually done. It has looked at the facts and done its due diligence and not relied on truthiness, which is what we have seen from the Conservatives in this debate so far on Canada-Colombia.

June 16th, 2009

NEWS ~ Liberal and Conservatives defeat motion on human rights in Colombia / Libéraux et conservateurs rejettent la motion sur le respect des droits de la personne en Colombie

OTTAWA – Today, a New Democrat Motion calling on the government of Canada to express its concerns to the government of Colombia about the attempts to silence Colombian Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo was voted down by the Liberal and Conservative members of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

June 11th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Colombia corporate trade push meets Canadian citizen resistance

"Uribe stonewalls on tough questions from Bloc and NDP", by Ish Theilheimer

http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=00226

Harper Index (HarperIndex.ca) is a project of the Golden Lake Institute and the online publication StraightGoods.ca

June 10th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Liberal Party are rolling out the red carpet for a leader who has the worst human rights record in the western hemisphere. In Colombia, dozens of labour activists and human rights advocates are killed each year. Hundreds more simply disappear. Four million poor farmers have been forced off of their resource-rich land.

June 10th, 2009

NEWS ~ New Democrat trade critic blasts Liberals’ two-tiered standard on human rights / Le porte-parole néo-démocrate en matière de commerce international s’en prend au parti libéral pour sa conception à deux vitesses des droits de la personne

LIBERAL CAUCUS MEETS WITH COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT New Democrat trade critic blasts Liberals’ two-tiered standard on human rights

June 10th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ PM calls on Parliament to pass Colombia free-trade pact

PM calls on Parliament to pass Colombia free-trade pact

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 4:35 PM ET CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on Parliament to pass Canada's free-trade agreement with Colombia, saying Wednesday it would "send a clear message" to Washington and around the world about the risks of protectionism.

June 10th, 2009

IN THE TV NEWS ~ On Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

On Don Newman's Politics ~ Please click on link below for panel discussion with NDP Trade Critic, Peter Julian and Liberal Trade Critic, Scott Brisson.

June 4th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Stalled but not dead: Update on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Stalled but not dead: Update on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement by Justin Podur. Justin Podur is a writer and editor for ZNet (www.zmag.org), part of Z Communications, an alternative media organization dedicated to political analysis and support for movements for social change

May 29th, 2009

NEWS ~ COLOMBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST TURNED AWAY FROM TRADE COMMITTEE: Marston arranges for testimony in alternate committee

OTTAWA – New Democrat Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston had to facilitate the testimony of renowned human rights activist Yessika Hoya Morales after she was turned away from the International Trade Committee, even though its membership had indicated it was interested in hearing her speak.

May 28th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Colombia deal halted - for now - as Canadians rally against it

Colombia deal halted - for now - as Canadians rally against it

Human rights situation in Colombia "is truly alarming today" - daughter of murdered trade unionist.

May 25th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speech~Debate at Second Reading of Bill C-23, the enabling legislation for the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, what the minister just said is utter rubbish. The facts are very clear that the murders of human rights advocates and trade unionists have climbed over the last three years in Colombia. The number of disappearances, which are often murders where the bodies are never found, has climbed over the last few years. They are now at record levels of forced displacement.

May 15th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Secondly, Mr. Speaker, on the Canada-Colombia trade deal there are over 200 petitioners. These are from across Canada, from the lower mainland of B.C. right through to Nova Scotia, including Thunder Bay and Newfoundland.

April 30th, 2009

NEWS ~ Letter from Prominent Canadians calling on Ignatieff to put human rights before free trade

Over 50 prominent individuals and organizations have sent Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff a letter urging him to help stop the ratification of the proposed Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement until a full and independent human rights impact assessment can be carried out. The letter to Ignatieff notes that while trade can support development and the realization of human rights, neither the political conditions in Colombia nor the terms of the free trade agreement meet the criteria that would allow that to happen.

April 20th, 2009

A comic book story about Harper's "free trade" deal with Colombia

"Top ten reasons why Canada should cancel Harper's "free trade" deal with Colombia" is a comic book-style educational tool produced by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

April 20th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ on Chicago Public Radio ~ Canada Debates Free Trade Pact with Colombia

WBEZ 91.5 FM ~ Chicago Public Radio ~ Worldview Mon through Fri at 12pm, Mon through Thu at 9pm

April 1st, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business ~ introduction of Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights

**Bill C-354~previously known as Bill C-492 tabled in Parliament on December 10, 2007 by MP Peter Julian**

April 1st, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

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.

March 31st, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Colombia trade deal will increase repression – Latin American workers

In-depth online video news feature offers warning to Canadians about continuing on corporate trade route.

March 27th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Le libre-échange avant les droits de l'homme; Ottawa veut ratifier rapidement l'accord avec la Colombie

PUBLICATION: La Presse DATE: 2009.03.27 SECTION: Politique PAGE: A9 BYLINE: Beauchemin, Malorie

March 27th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Bill C-23

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, just last week Amnesty International condemned the Colombia authorities for abusing the country's judicial system, “to undermine the legitimate work of human rights defenders”. More than a dozen human rights defenders and 46 trade unionists were killed by paramilitaries in 2008 alone. Double 2007. According to testimony received today at trade committee, thousands of paramilitaries with ties to the government are forcing poor peasants off the land and taking it over with the regime's complicity. More than 1,500 peasants have been massacred so far by the Colombia military as so-called “false positives”; no less than the cold-blooded murder of innocent people. Incredibly, the Conservative government is pressing ahead with a Bush-style free trade agreement with the regime. What is more incredible is that the Leader of the Opposition is supporting this trampling of human rights in the name of powerful corporate interests. The NDP is standing on the side of millions of Canadians who oppose murder, torture and human rights abuses. We oppose the blood that is on this agreement.”

March 25th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia free trade deal

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by several hundred Canadians from the city of Vancouver, the beautiful city of Burnaby and the proud cities of New Westminster, Delta, Richmond and Maple Ridge. In short, it is from Canadians throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

March 23rd, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of Canadians from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; Lethbridge, Alberta; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Stratford, Ontario; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, I am adding dozens of names to the thousands upon thousands of Canadians who have already written to the House asking the Canadian government to not push through with a Canada-Colombia trade agreement until such time as an independent and impartial human rights assessment is done as the first step before there is any further movement.

March 12th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present in the House petitions that are filed by hundreds of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. All of these petitioners call upon the government to halt any discussions with the Government of Colombia around a possible free trade agreement until such time as a human rights assessment that is done independently can fully ascertain the human rights situation in that country.

March 4th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ PETITIONS ~ A call to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present in the House a petition signed by hundreds of Canadians from major cities across the country, in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and from various cities in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth to Bathurst to Toronto to Cambridge to Sudbury.

December 9th, 2008

In his own words - Op-ed "Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement should be rejected"

Peter Julian's Op-ed was published on rabble.ca

Summary: On November 21, the politics of illusion peaked with the signature of the Canada Colombia Trade Deal. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

November 28th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ on Canada's so-called free trade deal with Colombia

40th Parliament, 1st Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government's latest ideological push is signing a so-called free trade agreement with Colombia; this, despite very clear directions from the Standing Committee on International Trade, despite major concerns from human rights organizations, despite a compelling case made by labour activists, peasants, farmers, indigenous peoples, churches, journalists and all those working to stop the appalling death toll in Colombia.

November 27th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE~ Question to the Parliamentary Secretary on the Canada-Colombia so-called free trade deal

40th Parliament, 1st Session

Mr. Peter Julian: Mr. Speaker, the response of the parliamentary secretary is kind of laughable.

November 27th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Adjournement Proceedings – Julian exposes flaws in the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Deal

40th Parliament, 1st Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am rising to speak on the issue of international trade.

June 1st, 2008

Report of the Standing Committee on International Trade_June 2008_Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

The NDP rejects the Canada-Colombia free trade deal until an independent human rights impact assessment is carried out and the resulting concerns addressed. And this position is consistent with the June 2008 Report of the Standing Committee on International Trade in the previous Parliament (report attached). (The report was adopted by the Trade Committee on June 18, 2008; and was presented to the House of Commons on June 19, 2008)

May 16th, 2008

A CALL TO HALT CANADA-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT ~ REJET DE L'ACCORD DE LIBRE-ÉCHANGE CANADA-COLOMBIE

(Le français suit)

(Please scroll below this letter to view/download petitions. Merci)

Kill a Trade Unionist; Pay a Fine.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Harper Government believes that the unhindered killing of trade unionists, peasants and activists by para-militaries in Colombia is just business as usual. The Uribe Colombian Government may have one of the worst human records in the world; the Harper government is staying the course and following the path of the Bush administration. The Canada-Colombia Free Trade negotiations are ongoing and the federal government is pushing full steam ahead.

May 8th, 2008

NEWS: NDP CONDEMNS CANADA-COLOMBIA FTA : KILL A LABOUR ACTIVIST AND PAY A FINE

OTTAWA - NDP International Trade critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), and NDP Labour Critic, Libby Davies (Vancouver East) were joined today by Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to launch a public campaign to call on the Harper government to immediately halt free trade negotiations with Colombia. The campaign comes in light of the revelation of a major flaw in the labour protection clauses of the future Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

March 6th, 2008

NEWS: KAPTUR, MICHAUD, JULIAN UNITED AGAINST COLOMBIA FTA

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Michaud (D-ME), along with New Democratic Party(NDP) International Trade Critic Peter Julian, Member of Parliament (Burnaby-New Westminster, Canada) said today that they would work together to defeat the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and any other NAFTA-based trade agreements that came before the two legislatures.

February 8th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the so-called SPP and on Canada-Colombia Free Trade negotiations

39th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, sellouts and broken promises, that is the Conservative's hallmark on trade. They are selling out Canada's health and safety, our energy, sovereignty plus everything else in the SPP and they refuse to bring any of the discussions here to Parliament.

December 10th, 2007

NEWS: NDP BILL WILL HELP COMBAT GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

OTTAWA – On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Peter Julian (Burnaby–New Westminster) introduced his private member’s bill, to extend the authority of Canada’s Federal Court to protect foreign citizens against violations of international law that occur outside of Canada. On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

November 28th, 2007

NEWS: NDP CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT’S WEAKNESS ON DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS

Liberals and Conservatives Defeat Motion for Immediate Action on Human Rights Crisis in Colombia

OTTAWA – AN NDP motion from International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) has been defeated by the combined decisions of the Liberal and Conservative parties in the Standing Committee on International Trade.

November 22nd, 2007

NEWS: NDP CALLS ON HARPER NOT TO TRADE AWAY HUMAN RIGHTS

OTTAWA – Today, NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) was joined by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and NDP Status of Women critic, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), to voice their grave concerns about the Harper government’s trade negotiations with governments such as Saudi Arabia and Colombia that violate human rights. They called on the federal government to respect international human rights law and to consider the human rights impact of trade and investment policies for all bilateral trade negotiations.

March 29th, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business - Motion - M-308 - Fair and Ethical Trade

M-308 — March 29, 2007 — Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure that all international trade treaties, agreements and investment policies it develops and advances: (a) adhere to ethical principles of economic justice and fairness; (b) uphold and respect international labor rights, including a sustainable wage, basic benefits, and collective bargaining rights; (c) promote the advancement of women in social and economic development; (d) advance democratic principles, broad-based equality, sustainable human development, and poverty alleviation; (e) secure the Earth’s natural environment and respect the right and responsibility of people to maintain the global commons through the sustainable use of their local and traditional resources; (f) are evaluated in the light of their impact on those who are most vulnerable; (g) involve the meaningful participation of the most vulnerable stakeholders; and (h) respect the legitimate role of government, in collaboration with civil society, to set policies regarding the development and welfare of its people.