Dr D'Erman (University of Victoria) discusses the potential implications of CETA on Canadian liberalization of services and the different Canadian municipalities' reactions on this topic. Her research led her to wonder whether in the next six month Canadian civil society will voice their opinion on this issue.
Dr. Frédérique Mérand, Université de Montréal, discusses the EU-Canada relationship in terms of trade and security. Starting with a broad overview of the two parties' relationship, he then focuses on the currently negotiated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and its potential in terms of common security standards.
Dr. Long, Carleton University, is interested in the way in which Canada is able to influence the EU's decision making on international affairs when it comes to the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). One of CETA's concerns is that the Provinces are involved in the negotiating process. In this respect, Professor Long focuses on the EU Fuel Quality Directive and the tension it created between the EU and Canada.
Dr. Weibust, Carleton University, discusses the potential environmental impact of the CETA on Canada's regulatory system. For Professor Weibust, CETA should not be seen as a threat to the environment by Canadians and Canadians activists due to the enhanced transparency and innovative thinking that is taking place in the EU in terms of environmental laws.
Dr. Crina Viju, Carleton University, is interested in the EU-Canada free trade agreement negotiation, and more particularly, in its agricultural side. The EU and Canadian modes of agricultural production and protection of the sector differs greatly. In this video, Dr. Viju details the different aspects that can hinder the ratification of the CETA. For more information read also Dr. Viju's Policy Brief "CETA and Geographical Indicators: Why a Sensitive Issue?" , October 2013.
Dr. Hübner, University of British Columbia, discusses the pros and cons of the currently negotiated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). For professor Hübner, this agreement is a step forward that goes deeper than NAFTA, that could potentially open on another agreement between the EU and the USA. Even though certain issues, such as the opening of Canadian public procurements to EU companies, trigger fear on the Canadian side, for professor Hübner, the agreement will solidify both the internal and external Canadian markets.
Dr. Leblond, University of Ottawa, gives a short exposé on the reasons why Canadians should not fear CETA. Many activists have claimed that if CETA were to be ratified, it would mean a substantial loss of jobs for Canadians. Professor LeBlond gives a series of detailed examples that all underline the truncated view that envisages CETA as a bad economic deal for Canada.
Dr. Verdun, University of Victoria, discuses the benefits related to the possible ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Many commentators have wondered why CETA would be of use to Canada? For Professor Verdun, many aspects of CETA make it desirable for Canada, from an improve internal trade between provinces and territories, to an increase in competition that would improve prices on the market for the consumers. Studies have shown that by allowing trade to move freely, parties engaged in a free trade agreement have benefited from it. Canada should therefore not fear free trade and seize the opportunity embodied by CETA.