MAI hearings phase II dates confirmed

Legislative committee to visit ten cities throughout the province The B.C. legislature’s special committee on the MAI goes on the road in February for phase II of public hearings on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. The committee will seek the views of British Columbians on the affect this proposed treaty could have on their lives, their communities, in the province and in the country. The following dates and cities are confirmed: February17—Terrace February 18—Prince George February 23—Nelson February 24—Cranbrook March 2—Courtenay and Nanaimo March 3—Victoria March 4—Surrey March 9—Kamloops March 10—Kelowna March 11—Vancouver The Clerk of Committees in Victoria is taking registrations now at toll free phone number 1-877-428-8337. It is important that individuals and groups register immediately as presenters at these public forums. HEU members are encouraged to participate as presenters and attend as observers. A strong public turnout at every hearing will indicate a continuing high degree of interest in the subject, something that British Columbians demonstrated in last Fall’s hearings in Victoria and Vancouver. Last October, the B.C. Health Coalition, of which HEU is a member, briefed the special committee on the threat the MAI poses to health care. The BCHC’s complete presentation is available on the HEU web site at: www.heu.org under the heading “Newsletters”. More information about the MAI and the hearings is available on these web sites: B.C. legislature—www.legis.gov.bc.ca/cmt B.C. MAI-NOT Network—www.web.net/%7Ebcmainot Council of Canadians—www.canadians.org