Canadian academics’ open letter on the CETA and Wallonia/ lettre ouverte a propos du CETA et La Wallonie

This open letter (version francais) was sent today by Canadian academics, including myself, to the Parliament of Wallonia and Belgian voters.

We wrote the letter on Sunday, October 16, after seeing weekend reports of the pressure tactics employed by Canadian politicians and business representatives to influence Wallonia’s decision-making on the CETA.

The academics who signed the letter have extensive collective expertise in investor-state arbitration and its impacts on democracy and regulation in Canada.

We wish to express our support for the Parliament of Wallonia and have sent our letter to Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia.

In a related development, a parliamentary committee of the Council of Europe has also recently called for postponement of the signing of the CETA due to its implications for national parliaments.

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