We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:
THAT the Government of Canada is currently negotiating an international trade agreement at the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris called the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI).
THAT the MAI is the latest in a series of regional and global agreements which, in the name of liberalizing trade and investment, expand the powers of multi-national corporations at the expense of the powers of governments to intervene in the marketplace on behalf of our social, cultural, environmental and health-care goals.
THAT the MAI is fundamentally flawed in so far as it seeks to protect the rights of investors without seeking similar protection for workers through binding core labour standards.
THAT the MAI is anti-democratic in so far as it would be binding for twenty years, thus tying the hands of several Parliaments and future governments.
THEREFORE, your petitioners call upon Parliament to reject the current framework of MAI negotiations and instruct the government to seek an entirely different agreement by which the world might achieve a rules-based global trading regime that protects workers, the environment and the ability of governments to act in the public interest.