Every fundamental aspect of Canada’s economy, from food policy to intellectual property rights and public purchasing to environmental protections, will be affected.
7 PM on Thursday, October 7
St Thomas University – Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103
Blair Redlin is a privatisation and trade agreement analyst with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and former Deputy Minister of Employment and Investment in British Columbia.
Scott Sinclair is a senior research fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he directs the centre’s Trade and Investment Research Project. He is a co-author of Bad Medicine: Trade Treaties, Privatization and Health Care Reform in Canada.
Sponsored by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the St. Thomas University Department of Social Work and the NB Public Interest Research Group (NBPIRG).
More about the speakers:
Blair Redlin is a Research Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), based in Burnaby. He provides both policy and bargaining research for CUPE’s municipal, library, transportation and community health sectors in B.C. Analysis of privatisation and trade agreements is a priority of his work. From 1994 to 2001, Blair was a senior administrator in the B.C. public service. He served as Deputy Minister of Transportation and Highways; President of the B.C. Transportation Financing Authority; Deputy Minister of Employment and Investment and for two years was President of the Transportation Association of Canada. Blair is vice-chair of the Board of Oxfam Canada. He is also a member of the Board of BC Citizens for Public Power, a citizen’s advocacy organisation working to protect public electricity in B.C.
Scott Sinclair is a senior research fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he directs the centre’s Trade and Investment Research Project. Scott has written numerous books, chapters, and papers including Bad Medicine: Trade Treaties, Privatization and Health Care Reform in Canada (with Jim Grieshaber-Otto); Facing the Facts: A Guide to the GATS Debate (with Jim Grieshaber-Otto); and Putting Health First: Canadian Health Care Reform, Trade Treaties and Foreign Policy (with Matthew Sanger), a background study prepared for the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Prior to joining CCPA, Scott was a senior trade policy advisor with the Government of British Columbia. Scott Sinclair has a BA in political science from UPEI and an MA in political science from York University. He lives with his family in rural Prince Edward Island and in his spare time enjoys walking and bird watching.