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Geist: Anti-ACTA Sentiment Could Affect CETA


July 13, 2012

In a feature for the Toronto Star, Michael Geist considers the implications of the European Parliament’s recent decision on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) for Canada-EU trade. Referencing documents indicating “the EU plans to use the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), which is nearing its final stages of negotiation, as a backdoor mechanism to implement the ACTA provisions,” Geist contends such a move “creates enormous risks for Canada’s trade ambitions. Given the huge anti-ACTA movement, the Canada-EU trade deal could face widespread European opposition with CETA becoming swept up in similar protests.” To avoid that, Geist recommends Canada advocate for the removal of CETA’s intellectual property chapter.
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