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Maine: Trade Policy Commission Public Hearing

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2008 by maineatlanticawatch

Maine: Trade Policy Commission Public Hearing

Citizen Trade Policy Commission Public Hearing

February 21st, 6-9 PM
South Portland Community Center,  21 Nelson Street

South Portland, Maine

The Citizen Trade Policy Commission (CTPC) of the Maine
Legislature will be hearing public testimony on the impact of
free trade agreements and we need YOU to be there!

Not only do citizens need to speak to all the different ways
free trade agreements impact our state, our country, the
world, and our democracy and environment, but we also want as
many people to be there to support those who are speaking out.
Can you come and testify or support those who do?

What is the commission??

The CTPC was established by the Maine Legislature in 2004 and
consists of State Senators and Representatives, public
citizens who represent a variety of interests, and
representatives of various State departments.  The Commission
was established to provide an ongoing state-level mechanism to
appropriately assess the impact of international trade
policies and agreements on Maine’s state and local laws,
business environment and working conditions.  Read more on the
commission website here.

The Hearing
CTPC will be holding their next hearing on February 21st at 6
pm in South Portland.  Maine’s Congressional Delegation has
been invited to attend, and so far Rep. Mike Michaud will be
there to hear the testimony.  Specifically, the commissioners
would like to hear about the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and
the impact that FTAs like NAFTA have had on our state.  They
will then decide if they will take a position on the Colombia

If you can come and would like to testify, contact Sarah or
Daphne at 777-6387 or at

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in South
Portland to tell the commission to oppose the Colombia FTA and
to ensure they continue to speak up against this failed trade

For information on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which
could come up for a vote before the U.S. Congress anytime,
read more here.

The South Portland Community Center is located at 21 Nelson
Street in South Portland.