The Right To Water

Posted on Tuesday, November 21 at 14:51 by Anonymous
At home, Canada must adopt a binding national water policy that defends water as a human right and public trust. Given the tragedy in Walkerton, Ontario, Canadians recognize the importance of safeguarding our waters. Our existing national water policy is more than 15 years old and does not address our current water problems. A new national policy should reject the idea of water privatization and keep water services under public control. Moreover, Canada must exempt water from trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Water must also not be a part of the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Unless you act on this, we will lose control of this most precious resource and we will see our water commodified, exported and sold for profit at great risk to people and nature. I await your reply and expect that your government will recognize water as a human right, introduce a new national water policy, and exempt water from all trade agreements. Sincerely, Paul Malouf Montreal, Canada [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 22, 2006]

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