Trade deal could put corporate profits over people, say groups

Canada's National Observer

Natasha Bulowski, Canada's National Observer

A proposed Canada-Ecuador free trade agreement could put corporate interests above citizens’ rights, say several concerned organizations.

In a parliamentary committee meeting, the organizations urged the federal government to consult Ecuadorian civil society groups on the trade agreement and heed their calls to exclude investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms, which allow foreign investors, like Canadian mining companies, to sue countries for environmental policies or other actions that affect their profitability.


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