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News | 03/29/2006 5:00 am EST

CEP wants end to secret trade talks on foreign ownership of telcos
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, the country’s largest union of telecommunications and media workers, is calling on the Harper government to end secret trade talks that would open up the domestic telephone industry to foreign ownership. Brian Payne, president of the 150,000-member union, spoke in reaction to a leaked document from the General Agreement on Trade in Services talks in Geneva which shows Canada has signed on to a "plurilateral request" for World Trade Organization member nations to essentially do away with foreign ownership limits in telecommunications.

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