1998.10 Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

December 20, 2013

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Whereas, twenty-nine countries, including Canada, have been negotiating a Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) which would equalize treatment of all international, multinational and national companies in the signatory countries, and

Whereas, although the negotiations are presently suspended, the federal minister for international trade has nevertheless indicated that the Canadian government prefers the negotiations be resumed under the auspices of the World Trade Organization which would include over 130 countries; therefore, be it

Resolved, that the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 78th annual national convention assembled, write to the federal government through the minister for international trade to state their concern with many of the concepts contained in the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and urge the federal government:

  • to discontinue negotiations with the 28 other countries presently involved in the MAI discussions
  • when negotiating within the World Trade Organization, to stand firm until all exemptions presented by Canada have been agreed to and Canada is assured her sovereignty will not be displaced by the rights and freedoms accorded to multinational corporations under such an agreement
  • to organize a public consultative process across Canada concerning the proposals; and be it further

Resolved, that the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 78th annual national convention assembled, urge members to become informed about the proposals concerning a Multilateral Agreement on Investment.