Friday, 30 March 2007

Saskatchewan to hold public consultations on TILMA

The Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix are reporting that the Saskatchewan NDP provincial government has decided to hold public consultations regarding the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA).

According to the article, Sask. Party Leader Brad Wall is now critical of the government.

But Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall -- a staunch proponent of the province getting in on the deal -- questioned why that consultation hasn't already happened and accused the government of dragging its feet on the issue.

"This deal was announced last spring," he said in an interview.

"The government doesn't seem serious about this at all."

In other words, Brad Wall would have signed onto it already - WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM THE CITIZENS OF SASKATCHEWAN. He would have signed the deal without exposing the details to the light of public scrutiny and before signing away the democratic rights of the citizens of this province.

Had he been Premier he would have signed the deal in SECRET in the back rooms along with his buddies, Alberta's Ralph Klein and B.C.'s Gordon Campbell.

TILMA is the most anti-democratic abdication of responsibility that has ever been signed by any government in this country. It is a massive assault on democracy and it ties the hands of government to act in the "public interest".

TILMA turns citizens' democratic rights over to the elite in the corporate board rooms of the nation. Unelected, unaccountable, unrepresentative, unacceptable.

See this legal analysis by Steven Shrybman of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell.

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