On Saturday Canada’s Green Party leader, Elizabeth May addressed the annual meeting of German Greens asking them to work together to prevent ratification of CETA with its investor-state provisions

On Saturday Canada’s Green Party leader, Elizabeth May addressed the annual meeting of German Greens in Berlin asking them to work together to prevent ratification of CETA with its investor-state provisions
Photo Credit: Die Grunen- YouTube

Canada’s Green Party leader in Berlin: Don’t ratify CETA

The leader of Canada’s Green Party, Elizabeth May, was in Germany this weekend. She addressed a crowd  at the annual general meeting of the German Green party.

She spoke against ratification of the Canada-EU free trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement).

She said that the “investor-state” provisions in CETA and other trade deals disproportionately benefit corporations.

Elizabeth May called for Greens to create a more inclusive world, and one where trade agreements benefit all the people, not just the multinational corporations.
Elizabeth May called for Greens to create a more inclusive world, and one where trade agreements benefit all the people, not just the multinational corporations. © Die Grunen-YouTube

“Together, we can eliminate [investor-state] agreements, which are all about giving power to the powerful and more money to the monied. We can put in place those agreements that protect the marginalized and disadvantaged, and work for the kind of trade deals that elevate all the human family through fairness and justice”.

The similar investor-state provisions in NAFTA have resulted in several lawsuits by American corporations against Canada which have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Many in the crowd of about 1,000 gave her a standing ovation at the end of her speech.

 The crowd at the annual general meeting of the German Green Party on Satuday in Berlin
The crowd at the annual general meeting of the German Green Party on Saturday in Berlin ©  youtube video Die Grunen

The Greens hold 10 per cent of the seats in the German Bundestag, and are coalition partners in several German states and hold 11 of the 96 seats of the European parliament.

Canada has ratified CETA, but the trade agreement must also be ratified by all EU member states and by the EU parliament before it can come into effect.

YouTube complete speech (Ms May begins at 1:24)

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2 comments on “Canada’s Green Party leader in Berlin: Don’t ratify CETA
  1. David E.H. Smith says:

    BETTER CHANCE of INVESTORS GETTING PAID & the ‘harmless’ CITIZENS REMAINING NON-LIABLE IF U.S. & CANADA OUT of GLOBAL TREATIES?

    DECADES of LITIGATION AHEAD for WANNA-BE MILLIONAIRE CETA, et al, INVESTORS as Financially Ruinous & Unapproved Morphing of Treaty/’Arrangements’ Punish Taxpaying Voters; The Global Corporate Assocs. will get it ‘Even More Right’ after Dark (without Scrutiny)?

    The BASIS for TREATIES/’ARRANGEMENTS’ LITIGATION as an INVESTMENT:
    ‘The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of America, the Trans-Pacific nations, the EU, Canada, China, et al
    v.
    The ‘harmless’ Canadian NON-shareholders, et al, both; Native & non Native’.
    (For Excerpts of ‘The SUBMISSION’, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    For The FULL SUBMISSION, see; The Supreme Court of Canada)

    SUING the GLOBAL CORPORATE ECONOMY; GETTING CETA, et al, nations to PAY The COMPENSATION; WHO KNEW WHAT & WHEN?
    WHY would the Citizens of any Semi-Democratic Country Allow its Corporately Lobbied Government to Sign a Treaty that is so Obviously ‘Strangled at Birth’ with Litigation
    & its Gov’t. Encourages Corporations to Punitively Punish the ‘harmless’ Citizens via Secret Tribunals?

    TRUMP’S CORPORATE USA & MAY’S CORP. UK PROTECT TAXPAYERS from MASSIVE TREATY/’ARRANGEMENTS’ LITIGATION COSTS & PENALTIES;
    WHO’S NEXT TO EXIT?
    ***
    FULL Article, see,
    ‘The BASIS for TREATIES/’ARRANGEMENTS’ LITIGATION as an INVESTMENT’;
    davidehsmith.wordpress.com
    ***
    Also see; ‘INSIDER TRADING’ & ‘CSIS; The THREAT ASSESSMENT’, davidehs

  2. James the Man says:

    A standing ovation? Come on. Luke warm clapping and a couple of people who stood up – likely to stretch their legs. What kind of reporting is this?