Comic about CETA

Action: Talk to Municipal Candidates about CETA

2011 October 30, by Chapter Council

The upcoming elections on November the 19th in Greater Victoria are a great opportunity to talk to candidates about CETA and privatisation of water and sewage infrastructure. It is time to find out where candidates stand on these issues of vital importance.

Ask your councillor/mayoral candidate if they endorse a permanent municipal exemption from CETA, as endorsed by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM)

Ask your councillor and mayor where they stand on privatisation of water and sewage infrastructure.

CETA, the proposed Canada Europe Trade agreement, is currently being negotiated, mostly in secret by the Canadian and European governments. The Council of Canadians’ website is a great place for all the information you need on CETA. The deal would give foreign corporations new powers to bid on municipal public procurements, including infrastructure and goods and services such as water and hydro, as well as the right to appeal decisions they feel were made for social rather than strictly economic objectives.

If CETA is signed it will:

  • Threaten local employment and “buy local” policies
  • Threaten our local democracy by putting corporate rights first
  • Encourage privatization of drinking water and wastewater services
  • Cause prescription drug costs to skyrocket by at least $2.8 billion per year
  • Allow big corporations to ignore or challenge environmental regulation

Here is a list of all-candidate meetings you can attend. If you do attend and issues of CETA or privatisation come up, do let us know at info(at)victoriacouncilofcanadians(dot)ca and we will spread the word.

All Candidates Meetings


  1. Nov 1st 6pm James Bay Community School
  2. Nov 7th 7pm Fernwood Community Assoc 1923 Fernwood Road – Mayor candidates only
  3. Nov 9  7 pm.  All-candidates meeting on housing and poverty at First Metropolitan Church on Pandora.  Sponsored by the Coalition to End Homelessness, Together Against Poverty. Faith in Action and the Committee to End Homelessness in Victoria.


  1. Nov 03 6:30 pm Camosun College Young Building
  2. Nov 08 7 pm Lochside School
  3. Nov 09 7:30 pm Prospect Lake Community Hall
  4. Nov 15 2 pm Church of the Nazarene 4277 Quadra Street
  5. Nov 15 7 pm Spectrum School
  6. Nov 16 6:30 Cadboro Bay United Church
  7. Nov 17 7 pm Gordon Head United Church


Nov 9th 7pm-9pm Esquimalt High

Oak Bay

  1. Nov 04 7 PM Garry Oak Room, Monterey Recreation Centre, 1442 Monterey Avenue.
  2. Nov 08 7 PM Sanctuary at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Central Saanich

Nov 03 7 pm Saanich Fairgrounds

North Saanich

  1. Nov 9 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church – Willingdon and East Saanich.
  2. Nov 12 from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the Parkland School Theatre – 10640 McDonald Park Road



We do not have information of upcoming meetings

View Royal

We do not have information of upcoming meetings


  1. Nov 02 7 PM Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave. – Chamber of Commerce
  2. Nov 02 7 PM Colwood Pentecostal Church, 2250 Sooke Rd – Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

Note, as of last notice, these meetings appear to be at the same date and time.


We do not have information of upcoming meetings


  1. 04 Nov 7 PM Metchosin Community House, 4430 Happy Valley Road
  2. 05 Nov 2 – 4 P.M., Metchosin Community House, sponsored by Metchosin Community Association


04 Nov 7 PM Mayoral candidates only – Potlach Room, Sooke Harbour House.

North Saanich All Candidates Meetings

The North Saanich Residents Association will once again host All Candidates meetings for the upcoming 2011 Municipal election.

We have decided to host two meetings this year and one will take place on a Saturday afternoon.  Mark the following dates in your calendar.


Wednesday November 9 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church – Willingdon and East Saanich.

Saturday  November 12 from 2:00 – 4:00pm  at the Parkland School Theatre – 10640 McDonald Park Road

Friday Nov. 4th, 7:00 P.M., Metchosin Community Hall, sponsored by APRM
Saturday Nov. 5th, 2 – 4 P.M.,  Metchosin Community House, sponsored by Metchosin Community Association