Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay,
Former MP and Official Opposition Critic for International Trade

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The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement [CETA] between Canada and the European Union [27 member states, nearly 500 million people, the world's largest single market, foreign investor and trader] will be Canada's most comprehensive trade agreement ever.

It will be more comprehensive than NAFTA.

And it promises to be just as contentious.

Should Canada embrace free trade with Europe or should we try to protect what we have? Concerns are myriad. The EU wants full access to public procurement, not just at the federal level, but provinces, territories and municipalities. This could mean foreign-owned power generation, city transportation, waste management and water-treatment plants. The EU is a huge market for Canadian video, film, music, writing... but can we protect Canadian culture in reverse? Canada's agricultural sector stands to benefit hugely, but who benefits or is hurt by GMOs? Canada enjoys lower-cost generic drugs, but the EU is pushing for rules favouring brand-name pharma – will this increase health care costs in Canada? What happens if Canadians can no longer make and sell parma ham or feta cheese? And what does all this mean for Canadian jobs?

About Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay is the former Liberal MP for Willowdale, Ontario. She held several shadow Cabinet positions in the Official Opposition: Associate Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Public Works and Government Services and most recently International Trade.

In 2006, Martha was a candidate for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Her "Big Red Bus" campaign was highly praised for substance and intelligence, and became a symbol of energy, renewal, and grassroots engagement in the Liberal Party.

A graduate of the University of Toronto's International Relations program and Osgoode Hall Law School, she has been a lawyer, a senior executive and a successful entrepreneur. She has served extensively in the community and non-profit sector.

Bilingual, with training in several other languages including Russian, Italian and Spanish, she finished high school at 15, simultaneously skiing competitively. In 1976, she was the overall silver medalist in the Canadian Championships, and was named to the Canadian National Training Squad, before retiring to pursue her formal education. She is the mother of three grown children.

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