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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).

March 22nd, 2011

IN THE HOUSE ~ Statement by Peter Julian on International World Water Day / Déclaration de Peter Julian à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’eau

Statement by Peter Julian on International World Water Day Liberals and Conservatives refuse to walk the talk on Canadian water rights

March 17th, 2011

NEWS ~ PROTECT CANADA’S WATER AS A PUBLIC RESOURCE: NDP / POUR LE NPD, L’EAU EST UNE RESSOURCE PUBLIQUE CANADIENNE À PROTÉGER

PROTECT CANADA’S WATER AS A PUBLIC RESOURCE: NDP AbitibiBowater NAFTA deal has effectively privatized Canada’s water resources

February 18th, 2011

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on CETA and the auto sector

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Question

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, maintenant comme dans toutes les autres domaines, ce gouvernement a un gros problème avec son entente commerciale botchée entre le Canada et l'Europe.

February 11th, 2011

IN THE MEDIA ~ Free-trade deal with EU may hinge on how Canada handles oilsands and sealing issues

THE DAILY NEWS (NANAIMO) (FINAL) NATION & WORLD, Page: A10

Europe seeks conditions on trade Free-trade deal with EU may hinge on how Canada handles oilsands and sealing issues

February 10th, 2011

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Question

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les négociations sur l'entente avec l'Europe se font derrière des portes closes. On sait déjà que les conservateurs aiment vendre à rabais les intérêts des Canadiens, et on en voit les résultats. Le bois d'oeuvre? Botché. L'entente avec le Panama, paradis de l'évasion fiscale? Botché. L'accord Buy American? Botché.

December 16th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Is EU trade prize worth a few changes?

Is EU trade prize worth a few changes? John Ivison, National Post

The European Union has long been a boogeyman for nationalists everywhere. "Nutty EU officials" have been blamed in the U.K. by the tabloid press for banning everything from straight bananas to barmaids' cleavage (an attempt to cut over-exposure to the sun by the EU prompted The Sun newspaper to launch a "Save Our Jugs" campaign).

December 14th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ SPEECHES ~ Take note debate on Economic negotiations with the European Union / DISCOURS le débat exploratoire sur les Négociations économiques avec l'Union européenne

40th Parliament, 3rd Session

NDP International Trade Critic, Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Chair, I am a little saddened to rise on this debate, though I know this is the first of what will be a debate that may last a year or two in our Parliament and in the European parliament as the negotiations go on.

December 13th, 2010

NEWS ~ CONSERVATIVES, LIBERALS GIVE THUMBS UP TO TAX EVASION, MONEY LAUNDERING: JULIAN / LES CONSERVATEURS ET LES LIBÉRAUX TOLÈRENT L’ÉVASION FISCALE ET LE BLANCHIMENT D’ARGENT, DÉPLORE JULIAN

CONSERVATIVES, LIBERALS GIVE THUMBS UP TO TAX EVASION, MONEY LAUNDERING: JULIAN

OTTAWA – At the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) today, Conservative and Liberal MPs voted down an NDP motion to suspend the committee’s clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-46, the bill to implement the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement.

December 13th, 2010

Fair Trade Finder ~ Transfair Canada

This handy little tool will help you find your nearest 26 locations selling Fair Trade products. Of course, the Finder will only help you get there. To find a Fair Trade Certified product, you should always look for one of the Fair Trade Certified marks on the package.

October 26th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Bill C-46 (Canada-Panama Free Trade Act)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the member for Edmonton—Strathcona is by far the strongest MP from Alberta in this House of Commons. She does a tremendous job speaking up for her province.

October 22nd, 2010

NEWS ~ NDP PUSHES FOR FAIR TRADE AND TRANSPARENCY IN EU DEAL / LE NPD FAIT PRESSION POUR QUE L’ACCORD AVEC L’UE FASSE PLACE AU COMMERCE ÉQUITABLE ET À LA TRANSPARENCE

NDP PUSHES FOR FAIR TRADE AND TRANSPARENCY IN EU DEAL

OTTAWA – New Democrat International Trade Critic Peter Julian is criticizing the Harper government’s lack of transparency surrounding the latest round of trade talks on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU.

October 22nd, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ C-46 (Canada-Panama Free Trade Act)

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

Mr. Speaker, I listened with great interest to my colleague. We lament the fact that he is no longer the trade critic for the Liberal Party. The one time, since I have been in Parliament, where the Liberal Party did not act as a sock puppet to the Conservative trade deals, regardless of how bad they were, was when he was trade critic. He came back from Colombia and stood with the New Democrats and the Bloc and said no to the Colombia trade deal. That was a proud moment for the Liberal Party. It was the last time that it took any principled position at all on trade and it was under his leadership as trade critic.

October 22nd, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on taxation

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Supplementary Question

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les conservateurs, dans leur pure tradition de négocier avec des régimes douteux, ont signé une entente de libre-échange avec Panama. Le Panama est parmi les paradis fiscaux les plus secrets au monde et les conservateurs n'ont absolument rien fait pour changer les pratiques d'évasion fiscale. En fait, il n'y a pas un mot dans l'entente pour enrayer l'évasion fiscale, au contraire!

October 13th, 2010

CONFERENCE PODCAST ~ Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad

Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad Canada's Operations Abroad - Community Impacts and the Case for New Legislation

October 7th, 2010

NEWS ~ NDP TRADE CRITIC TO SPEAK AT MAJOR ECONOMIC FORUM IN WASHINGTON DC / LE PORTE PAROLE DU NPD EN MATIÈRE DU COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPE À UN IMPORTANT FORUM ÉCONOMIQUE À WASHINGTON

NDP TRADE CRITIC TO SPEAK AT MAJOR ECONOMIC FORUM IN WASHINGTON DC

OTTAWA – Today New Democrat International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) will be speaking at one of the most prestigious international economic forums in Washington D.C.

October 6th, 2010

IN THE MEDIA ~ Panama a 'tax haven': Opposition

October 6, 2010 - http://embassymag.ca/page/printpage/panama-10-06-2010

Panama a 'tax haven': Opposition By Carl Meyer

With the Canada-Colombia free trade deal now in force, many felt the government could expect relative quiet when it comes to other, less controversial trade pacts. Yet the proposed free trade agreement with Panama has some opposition members suggesting the government is again making deals with the devil, potentially setting the stage for another drawn-out battle.

October 5th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Canada's costly settlement of Abitibi-Bowater's NAFTA claim

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Context : Question Period

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, grâce à l'équivalent d'une boîte postale au Delaware, AbitibiBowater utilise le chapitre 11 de l'ALENA pour menacer ce gouvernement qui se soumet au chantage et paye 130 millions de dollars cash. Ces 130 millions de dollars, c'est de quoi éliminer la pauvreté pour le cinquième des aînés au pays. Maintenant, ce gouvernement veut soumettre les provinces au chantage. Il dit qu'à l'avenir, il faudra les faire payer aussi, cash, encore!

September 30th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Debate ~ C-46 (Canada-Panama Free Trade Act)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Speaker : Mr. Julian

Context : Questions and Comments

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, j'écoute toujours avec beaucoup d'intérêt les discours de mon collègue. Il a énuméré plusieurs aspects importants, incluant la criminalité. On a un gouvernement conservateur qui prétend toujours vouloir régler les choses avec les criminels, mais voilà qu'il signe une entente de libre-échange avec un gouvernement qui laisse effectivement le blanchiment d'argent se faire au Panama. Cela peut provoquer une augmentation du phénomène au Canada.

September 29th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Questions and Comments ~ C-46 (Canada-Panama Free Trade Act)

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

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, the member for Hamilton Mountain has made a very compelling case in front of this House.

September 27th, 2010

CONFERENCE ~ Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad / Joindre le geste à la parole: Les droits de la personne à l'étranger

WALKING THE TALK : HUMAN RIGHTS ABROAD Canada's Operations Abroad - Community Impacts and the Case for New Legislation

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.

September 14th, 2010

IN THE NEWS / DANS LES NOUVELLES ~ Le NDP exige des audiences parlementaires

LE DROIT ACTUALITÉS, Page: 15

Le NDP exige des audiences parlementaires Gaboury, Paul

Après sa comparution sur les fermetures d'usine à Gatineau et Dolbeau, AbitibiBowater pourrait être appelé de nouveau devant un comité parlementaire pour éclaircir le règlement intervenu avec le gouvernement fédéral, qui a accepté lui de verser 130 millions$ pour régler une dispute liée à une expropriation de certaines de ses installations à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.

September 11th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ NDP blasts AbitibiBowater settlement

THE TELEGRAM (ST. JOHN'S) BUSINESS, Page: C1

NDP blasts AbitibiBowater settlement

The federal New Democratic Party wants a hearing into the Conservative government's $130-million settlement with Abitibi Bowater.

September 10th, 2010

NEWs ~ NDP PUSH FOR HEARINGS ON HARPER’S ABITIBI BOWATER PAY OFF / LE NPD PRÉCONISE LA TENUE D’AUDIENCES SUR LE MONTANT PAYÉ PAR HARPER À ABITIBI BOWATER

NDP PUSH FOR HEARINGS ON HARPER’S ABITIBI BOWATER PAY OFF

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling for committee hearings into the Harper government’s $130 million payout to Abitibi Bowater after the company threatened a NAFTA challenge in its dispute with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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.

June 1st, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, as you know, the NDP fought successfully to stop the incredibly misguided attempt by the government to implement the Security and Prosperity Partnership.

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 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 29th, 2010

IN THE HOUSE ~ Bill C-8, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

40th Parliament, 3rd Session Bill C-8, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,

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

March 10th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Done right, EU trade deal offers huge opportunities

Done right, EU trade deal offers huge opportunities By Peter Julian

Op-ed appeared in Embassy Newspaper "Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly"

When the federal government announced this year that it would negotiate a treaty agreement with the European Union, we welcomed this initiative.

February 23rd, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Harper folds again, this time on 'Buy American'

http://www.rabble.ca/news/2010/02/harper-folds-again-time-buy-american

RABBLE NEWS Harper folds again, this time on 'Buy American' By Peter Julian | February 23, 2010

February 17th, 2010

NEWS ~ New Democrats oppose handling of ‘Buy American’ negotiations / Le NPD dénonce les cachotteries dans les négociations relatives à la clause d’achat préférentiel aux États-Unis

New Democrats oppose handling of ‘Buy American’ negotiations Risk of job losses is too great - Harper must bring agreement to the House of Commons

February 5th, 2010

IN THE NEWS ~ Deal expected to end 'Buy America' rancour

KATHLEEN HARRIS, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF Winnipeg Sun, Ottawa Sun, London Free Press

A year-long battle over the contentious "Buy American" policy is expected to end Friday with news of a deal to end the protectionist measures against Canada.

December 9th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Mexican authorities shut down Blackfire mine Officials cite environmental infractions for temporary closing of barite operation

Mexican authorities shut down Blackfire mine Officials cite environmental infractions for temporary closing of barite operation; deny action has any connection to slaying of activist

November 19th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Questions, comments, debate and speech on Bill C-57, Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, 2nd Reading

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

***Context : Questions and Comments*** Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, I listened with interest to the member for Kings—Hants. I always listen to him with interest. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I profoundly disagree. I listened very attentively.

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 4th, 2009

NEWS ~ CONSERVATIVES DEFEAT MOTION TO DEFEND THE WHEAT BOARD AT WTO / LES CONSERVATEURS S’OPPOSENT À LA MOTION DE DÉFENDRE LA COMMISSION CANADIENNE DU BLÉ À L’ORGANISATION MONDIALE DU COMMERCE

CONSERVATIVES DEFEAT MOTION TO DEFEND THE WHEAT BOARD AT WTO

Ottawa – At the International Trade Committee yesterday Conservative MPs blocked a New Democrat motion that would have instructed Canadian negotiators to defend the Wheat Board and supply management at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) talks.

November 4th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business ~ Presenting petitions ~ urginng the government to take action to stop the outsourcing of Canadian jobs offshore..

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a certified petition today that is joined by more than 15,000 Canadians supporting the Telecommunications Workers Union which urges the government to take action to stop the outsourcing of Canadian jobs offshore and to protect good Canadian jobs.

October 30th, 2009

NEWS ~ TASK FORCE ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA ENCOURAGED BY QUIET DEMISE OF THE SPP / L’ABANDON EN DOUCE DU PSP ENCOURAGE LE GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LA RENÉGOCIATION DE L’ALENA

TASK FORCE ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA ENCOURAGED BY QUIET DEMISE OF THE SPP

Washington, DC – The quiet cancellation this summer of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) has encouraged the Canadian, American and Mexican co-chairs of The Task Force on Renegotiating NAFTA, New Democrat International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster); U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Yeidckol Polevnsky, Mexican Senator with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and Vice-President of the Mexican Senate; and Member of the Task Force, U.S. Congressman, Mike Michaud (D-Maine) to redouble their efforts on the NAFTA renegotiation.

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

October 29th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ New Bill Targets Sweatshop Labour

New Bill Targets Sweatshop Labour Goods that fail to meet international labour standards would be put on a prohibited list

October 21st, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ JULIAN INTRODUCES BILL TO END SWEATSHOP LABOUR GOODS / PETER JULIAN PRÉSENTE UN PROJET DE LOI POUR INTERDIRE L’IMPORTATION DES BIENS DE FABRICATION CLANDESTINE

(release in English and in French below)

40th Parliament, 2nd Session Bill C-463. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-463, An Act to prohibit sweatshop labour goods.

October 1st, 2009

NEW DEMOCRATS CELEBRATES VICTORY OVER SPP ~ LE NPD CÉLÈBRE SA VICTOIRE SUR LE PSP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 1, 2009

NEW DEMOCRATS CELEBRATES VICTORY OVER SPP “Continued vigilance is necessary to stop similar attacks on Sovereignty”

September 29th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Response to the Minister of International Trade's statement on International Tribunal ruling on softwood lumber

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) in response to the Minister of International Trade's statement (Minister's statement below) with regards to the international tribunal ruling on September 29, 2009, on the latest softwood lumber dispute.

September 17th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ JULIAN INTRODUCES MADE IN CANADA PROCUREMENT BILL / PETER JULIAN PRÉSENTE SON PROJET DE LOI SUR L’APPROVISIONNEMENT EN PRODUITS FABRIQUÉS AU CANADA

40 Parliament, 2nd Session Introduction of Private Members' Bills Bill C-435. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-435, An Act to favour Canadian procurements. He said: Mr. Speaker, as we know, we have seen a massive loss of jobs of Canadians over the past 20 years. Good jobs are being replaced by lower minimum wage jobs. We have also seen a reduction in family income over the last 20 years. This is due, in large part, to bad trade policy.

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.

September 10th, 2009

You, Me and the SPP - Tour launch on Parliament Hill on October 1st 2009 / Coup d’envoi de la tournée sur la Colline Parlementaire le 1er octobre 2009

(message en français ci-dessous..) You, Me and the SPP - Tour launch on Parliament Hill

August 7th, 2009

LEGISLATORS SEEK NEW FAIR TRADE MODEL FOR NORTH AMERICA / DES PARLEMENTAIRES À LA RECHERCHE D’UN NOUVEAU MODÈLE COMMERCIAL ÉQUITABLE POUR L’AMÉRIQUE DU NORD

(Joint-statement in French and in Spanish below...)

LEGISLATORS SEEK NEW FAIR TRADE MODEL FOR NORTH AMERICA Legislators urge the renegotiation of NAFTA with the participation of civil society, labour and Legislatures

June 17th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Legislators renew call to renegotiate NAFTA within a framework of sustainable development - a fair trade model

Legislators renew call for a "fair" NAFTA By Amelia Bellamy-Royds for The Tyee June 16, 2009 08:31 pm

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 11th, 2009

NEWS~ Joint letter from The Task Force on renegotiation of NAFTA / lettre de la part du groupe de travail chargé de préparer la renégociation de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALÉNA)

BACKGROUND

***Thursday March 6 2008*** NEWS: PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM THE THREE NAFTA COUNTRIES ANNOUNCE TASK FORCE ON NAFTA RENEGOTIATION (release in french and in spanish below...)

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

'You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule' by Paul Manly

For immediate Release June 4, 2009

Filmmaker, Paul Manly releases documentary on the Security Prosperity Partnership - ‘You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule’

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 6th, 2009

NEWS ~ Canada’s National Unemployment Clock Campaign Set to Raise Alarm at TELUS AGM in Ottawa

For Immediate Release May 6, 2009 Canada’s National Unemployment Clock Campaign Set to Raise Alarm at TELUS AGM in Ottawa

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 22nd, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Bill C-365, An Act to amend the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (appointment of permanent members).

30th Parliament, 2nd Session Context : Introduction of Private Members' Bills Bill C-365. Introduction and first reading

April 21st, 2009

NEWS ~ TIME TO BAN THE NON-ESSENTIAL USE OF PESTICIDES ~ Introduced Private Members’ Bill would create a moratorium in Canada

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat MPs Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) and Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) called on the federal government to ban the non-essential use of pesticides. Martin introduced a bill today to amend the Pest Control Products Act to place a moratorium on the cosmetic use of chemical pesticides in homes, gardens and on recreational facilities.

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 3rd, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ NAFTA Countries to Introduce Simultaneous Legislation to Stop SPP

NAFTA Countries to Introduce Simultaneous Legislation to Stop SPP by Dana Gabriel www.opednews.com

April 1st, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ New Democrat Bill ensures corporate accountability for Canadian firms operating abroad

Speaker : Mr. Julian Context : Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Bill C-354. Introduction and first reading Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights). He said: Mr. Speaker, I should note at the outset that this very innovative bill was developed in close cooperation with Nick Milanovich, who is a research professor at the department of law of Carleton University, and Mark Rowlinson, who is the counsel for the United Steelworkers. Mr. Milanovich's daughter Edie and mother Irene are in the galleries today. The bill ensures corporate accountability for Canadian firms operating abroad. It broadens the mandate of the federal court so that it protects foreign citizens against rights violations committed by corporations operating outside of Canada. This act will hold violators accountable for gross human rights abuses, regardless of where they take place, and it would allow law suits in Canada for a host of universal human rights violations. Essentially, this provides legal protection for those in other countries who are the victims of gross human rights violations. It is supported by the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. I hope that this innovative bill, which replicates what happens in the United States under the Alien Tort Claims Act, will be receiving the support of Parliament. (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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.

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**

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 13th, 2009

IN THE HOUSE ~ Canada-EFTA agreement (Bill C-2) and its impact on Canada's shipbuilding industry

Speaker : Mr. Julian Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, there is no clear illustration of just how out of touch Conservatives and Liberals are than that exchange we just had between two members. I like very much the standing committee chair for international trade, but how could they be more out of touch with what is happening across this country? At a time when we are hemorrhaging jobs, hundreds of thousands of lost jobs, the committee chair did not mention that every single witness before the Standing Committee on International Trade who actually came from the shipbuilding industry said “this is going to kill our industry, we're going to lose thousands of jobs”.

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.

March 3rd, 2009

NEWS: LIBERALS JOIN CONSERVATIVES TO BLOCK NEW DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS ON SHIPBUILDING

OTTAWA – At the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today, Liberal and Conservative MPs voted together to block New Democrat amendments aimed at protecting Canada’s shipbuilding industry from the Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement (Bill C-2).

March 2nd, 2009

NEWS: IN HALIFAX: NDP CALLS ON LIBERALS TO PROTECT SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

Halifax – NDP Shipbuilding Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) called on the Liberal Members of Parliament on the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade to stand up for Canada`s shipbuilding industry by supporting an amendment to exclude the shipbuilding industry from the Canada-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Free Trade Agreement.

February 27th, 2009

NEWS: IN VANCOUVER: NEW DEMOCRATS CALL ON LIBERALS TO DEFEND SHIPBUILDING JOBS

VANCOUVER – The Conservative’s latest trade deal will decimate Canada’s shipbuilding industry and the Liberals are not doing anything to stop it. New Democrat International Trade Critic, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), today called on the Liberal Members on the House of Commons International Trade Committee to stand up for Canada’s shipbuilding industry by supporting an amendment to exclude the shipbuilding industry from the Canada-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Free Trade Agreement.

February 25th, 2009

IN THE NEWS ~ Op-ed ~ Yes, we can rebuild NAFTA and protect Canadian jobs

Yes, we can rebuild NAFTA and protect Canadian jobs By Peter Julian

There are few relationships in the world today stronger than the one between Canada and the United States. Our histories are often shared, our values similar, and our futures linked.

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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

December 5th, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Water Export Ban Law -not Tackle NAFTA

5th December 2008 Water Export Ban Law -not Tackle NAFTA EDITOR -EMBASSY Foregin Policy Newsweekly

Water Export Ban Law will not Tackle NAFTA

The government's plan to introduce legislation banning bulk water exports has been met with cautious applause but also a flurry of questions from both sides of the debate on the true benefits of such a law.

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.

November 21st, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on trade and Canada's participation in APEC Summit

40th Parliament, 1st Session

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, quatre des cinq grands partenaires économiques du Canada sont membres de la Coopération économique Asie-Pacifique et l'APEC compte pour plus de la moitié de l'économie mondiale. Toutefois, le premier ministre est sur le point de partir pour le sommet de l'APEC sans objectif clair.

June 5th, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Op-ed ~ Buyer, be aware

Buyer, be aware By Peter Julian Georgia Straight, www.straight.com © 2009 Vancouver Free Press

When Canadians go shopping, as I myself do, we often scan the labels on the products we are about to purchase. We look for fat and trans fat content, sugar and salt content, the amount of calories, vitamin and mineral content. We also look for symbols indicating if these products are environmentally friendly, organic, fair-trade certified, and whether they are made in Canada.

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 9th, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Op-ed ~ An appropriate metaphor: New Orleans and the SPP

An appropriate metaphor: New Orleans and the SPP Publish Date: May 9, 2008 Georgia Straight, www.straight.com

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).

May 5th, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Sears gives NAFTA a free ride, says NDP MP Julian

Sears gives NAFTA a free ride, says NDP MP Julian Posted: May 5, 2008 The Hill Times

April 22nd, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Op-ed ~ Time to Renegotiate NAFTA, Not Expand It

Rep. M. Kaptur, Sen. Y. Polevnsky and MP P. Julian Time to Renegotiate NAFTA, Not Expand It The Huffington Post, April 22, 2008

April 21st, 2008

NEWS: Short documentary plus Op-ed from Co-chairs of the Taskforce on NAFTA Renegotiation

Attached you will find an op-ed that NDP International Trade Critic, Peter Julian, wrote coming back from New Orleans on the appalling neglect of poorer residents of New Orleans.

April 4th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ NAFTA

39th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, many believe the government interfered in the U.S. primary elections by a deliberate disinformation campaign. NAFTA-gate continues to have serious consequences for Canada's relations with U.S. Democrats.

April 4th, 2008

NEWS: NDP BILL WOULD ENSURE LABOUR REPRESENTATION AT TRADE TRIBUNAL

OTTAWA – Today, NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) tabled a bill in the House of Commons that would require the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) to include a nominee of Canadian labour organizations as one of its permanent members. Julian was joined by Dennis Deveau, legislative director for the United Steelworkers Canada, representing over 280,000 Canadian workers.

March 31st, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Motion ~ on renegotiating NAFTA to foster fair trade

M-474 — March 31, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the North American Free Trade Agreement must be renegotiated to foster fair trade to benefit all the people of Canada, the United States and Mexico.

March 25th, 2008

The legacy of NAFTA 20 years later... interview with MP Peter Julian

The Legacy of NAFTA

MP Peter Julian looks at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

According to Julian, the reality is that NAFTA has only served to make a handful of CEO's billionaires, while the real income, for two thirds of Canadian families has gone down.

March 13th, 2008

NEWS: NDP JOINS FORCES WITH U.S. AND MEXICAN LEGISLATORS TO STOP SPP

(message en français suit...)

OTTAWA – NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) announced that he had successful discussions with partners in the U.S. Congress and the Mexican Congress while in Washington, DC, last week. Julian was joined by U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Democrat, Ohio) and the Honourable Yeidckol Polevnsky (senator for Mexico State and vice-president of the Mexican Senate).

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.

March 6th, 2008

NEWS: PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM THE THREE NAFTA COUNTRIES ANNOUNCE TASK FORCE ON NAFTA RENEGOTIATION

(release in french and in spanish below...)

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a conference held on March 5th at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which took a critical look at how NAFTA has impacted the North American region, legislators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico agreed today to launch a Task Force to push for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

February 28th, 2008

IN THE NEWS ~ Mexican, US and Canadian legislators to critique NAFTA in tri-national meeting

Mexican, US and Canadian legislators to critique NAFTA in tri-national meeting

WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA ~ Trade Observatory is a project of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a Minneapolis-based nongovernmental organization.

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.

February 7th, 2008

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Motion - on energy security and sovereignty

M-449 — February 7, 2008 — Mr. Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the growing concerns about oil prices and supply security, and should develop and implement emergency measures subjecting Canada's trade in oil to the requirements of a new national strategic oil reserve to meet the goals of Canadian energy security, self-sufficiency and sustainable development.

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.

August 16th, 2007

IN THE NEWS ~ SPP linked to water exports

SPP linked to water exports By Travis Lupick, Georgia Straight

A noisy demonstration outside the Westin Bayshore is the latest in a growing campaign of resistance to the proposed Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Police kept protesters out of the Vancouver hotel on August 14, where international trade representatives from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico were holding talks. No arrests were made.

July 26th, 2007

NEWS: US Congress demands transparency in SPP agenda

Canadians also deserve to know what Americans will know about continental integration plan: NDP MP Peter Julian

June 1st, 2007

IN THE NEWS ~ Opposition turns to shut off 'water transfer' motion

Opposition turns to shut off 'water transfer' motion

A motion to open NAFTA talks to make sure bulk-water exports are excluded from the deal sparked an acrimonious three-hour debate in the House yesterday, with all three Opposition parties lined up against the Tories.

May 31st, 2007

Letter from NDP Trade Critic and NDP Foreign Affairs Critic on Canada's role at the G8 Summit in Germany

Please find enclosed a joint-letter from Peter Julian, NDP Trade Critic and Alexa McDonough, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, to Prime Minister Harper concerning Canada's role at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany this week; climate change; Africa; and Bill C-293, based on the original NDP Private Member's Bill C-243, which would prevent development aid from being used for military purposes, and ensure that Canada's foreign aid be accountable for spending that focuses on ending poverty and promoting human rights.

May 14th, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speaking on Auto Jobs

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster, NDP):

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Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Windsor West has done a terrific job, along with his colleague from Windsor--Tecumseh, in fighting back on the appalling poor strategy of the government in terms of auto jobs.

April 25th, 2007

NEWS: NDP wins first parliamentary hearings on SPP

From behind closed boardroom doors into the public eye, demands Julian

OTTAWA – The Standing Committee on International Trade will hold the first ever hearings on the so-called "Security and Prosperity Partnership" (SPP) of North America thanks to the efforts of NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby - New Westminster). Julian is pleased that he succeeded in bringing this before the committee and that the members will have the opportunity to study the North American deep integration project that has until now been discussed only behind closed boardroom doors. The televised hearings will be held on April 26, May 1st and 3rd, 2007 in Ottawa.

April 19th, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period - Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, Liberal ministers concocted the secret softwood sellout that the Conservative Minister of International Trade took with him when he crossed the floor. Liberal and Conservative members worked hand in hand at the trade committee to force the softwood sellout through and Liberal senators, without any scrutiny whatsoever, adopted the softwood sellout so they could go home for Christmas.

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.

February 23rd, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the government intends to make further concessions to the Bush administration.

February 22nd, 2007

NEWS: NDP condemns Harper's push to sell out Canada

OTTAWA – The Harper government must pull out of further talks on continental integration with the United States and Mexico or risk our national sovereignty, says NDP Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster). Julian commented in advance of the February 23 meeting to be held in Ottawa where American and Mexican officials will join Canadian cabinet ministers to push forward the so-called “Security and Prosperity Partnership” (SPP) agenda. Julian was joined by NDP Energy Critic, Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic).

June 6th, 2006

NEWS: Legislators and civil society groups of the North American region call for halt to Security and Prosperity Partnership

Legislators and civil society groups of the North American region call for halt to Security and Prosperity Partnership and replacement of NAFTA

June 5th, 2006

Summary Report ~ The 2nd North American Forum on a People-Centered Approach to Trade

The 2nd North American Forum A People-Centered Trade Model for North America

North American legislators and civil society actors met in Ottawa June 5 2006 to formulate people-centred alternatives to the deep-integration agenda. This session will extend the work of the first Tri-National Forum held May 4-5, 2005, in Washington.

June 28th, 2005

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period - on backroom talks of deeper integration with the U.S.

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, we have seen over the past decade lower standards of living and a lower quality of life for most Canadians. Most jobs created are now part time or temporary and the average Canadian worker has lost 60¢ an hour in real terms.

June 11th, 2005

IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement - Canada's Sovereignty and the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, in its greedy push for even bigger profits, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives wants to eliminate virtually everything dear to Canadians.

June 10th, 2005

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speaking on Canada's Sovereignty under NAFTA

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster)

Mr. Speaker, one of the major issues around NAFTA is the fact that we negotiated access to the American market, or thought we had, through the chapter 19 provision of the dispute settlement mechanism. In return for that, we gave to the Americans privileged and preferential access to our energy resources, which are, as we know, the second largest in the world.

April 18th, 2005

IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement - Anti-Labour and Anti-Employee Practices of Wal-Mart

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, recent revelations about the former head of Wal-Mart's U.S. operations have indicated that he used improper methods to finance secret anti-union activities. This is not the first time Wal-Mart has done this.