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Letters to the Editor...New trade pact means bleaker future
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 21 Jun 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Letters to the editor provide the public a forum in which to express their personal opinions about a variety of topics and issues. Rebutting with words like "fearmongering" is an emotional reaction to an opinion. The problem with Canadians in general is their acceptance of the government's direction without accountability. The government's (Brooke Grantham, spokesman for International Trade Canada) official response to the free trade agreement concerns is "any agreement signed between Canada and Korea will enhance the country's economic prosperity, not harm it." No details, no explanation, no specifics-- just a statement. Is that a reason to look the other way and remain blissfully unaware of the long-term consequences? The removal of the auto pact and the signing of two trade agreements (Canada and the U.S. and NAFTA) triggered the Canadian automotive industry's deterioration and the ongoing closing of Canadian assembly plants (Chrysler/Windsor, GM/Oshawa, etc). No one can deny the automotive industry's influence on Ontario's economic well-being. The auto industry is not the only industry at risk. The government's "level playing field" agenda does not translate into raising the standard of living of the less fortunate but the erosion of the Canada's middle class. As a result of global competition, concessions have become the norm. Our future is becoming bleaker with each new employment contract. Cammie Peirce's (May 31) letter recognizes imminent danger to our safe cocoon called Georgetown while Darrel MacCrae's (June 7) mockery paints an unbelievable picture of a Third World nation called Canada. Darrel, "my mind is not at rest". Canada's downward spiral is not only believable but has already begun. I challenge Halton Hills' elected member of parliament to represent his constituents and not lead us down this dangerous path. Mary-Lou Muck, Georgetown

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21 Jun 2006
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Graham, Brooke ; Peirce, Cammie ; Muck, Mary-Lou ; MacCrae, Darrel
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Chrysler ; GM ; International Trade Canada
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Letters to the Editor...New trade pact means bleaker future