Protect Democracy: Stop the FTAA: Release the Text!

The FTAA text, an agreement that will touch practically all aspects of our lives, is unavailable to the public. This undemocratic process must end! Join the campaign to release the text! Download the petition now as a pdf within.

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What follow is the basic schematics of the petition

Petition to the Minister of International Trade of Canada

“Free Trade But No Freedom of Information?”

In opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas

Since 1994, the Canadian government has secretly been negotiating a future Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) with 34 countries of the Americas and the business community.

We are concerned about the negative impacts the FTAA could have on the environment, on us, on our children and on all the peoples of the Americas. We do not want a treaty inspired by the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI).

The secrecy has gone on too long. The right to know is fundamental in a democracy.

We, the undersigned, demand that the Canadian government publish the integral version of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) as it stands at this stage of the negotiations. We demand that, on March 20 th at noon at the latest, the Canadian
government:

  • make available across the country 5,000 copies of the draft text of the accord in French, 10,000 copies in English, 1,000 copies in Spanish and 500 copies in Portuguese;
  • put the four versions of this document on the Internet, with monthly updates.

    If this just and reasonable demand is not met, we solemnly declare our support for the legitimate and strictly non-violent means which will be taken to obtain the texts.

    Participating groups and networks

    • Alternatives • Association étudiante des études avancées en sociologie (UQAM) • Association québécoise pour un contrat mondial de l’eau • ATTAC – Québec
    • Comité de solidarité Tiers-Monde de Trois-Rivières • Concordia Student Union • Concertation Jeunesse • Droits et démocratie • Fédération autonome du
    collégial • Fédération des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec • Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec • Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec •
    Fédération des femmes du Québec • FRAPRU • Friends of the Monde Diplomatique • FTAA-Alert (McGill) • Mobilisation Montréal • Opération Québec
    Printemps 2001 • Opération SalAMI! • Réseau québécois des groups écologistes • Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec • World March of Women •

    Author: Peaceful Convergence

    News Service: Q-2001 Summit of the Americas

    URL: http://www.vancouver.indymedia.org/local/webcast/uploads//ftaa_petition.pdf