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A better world is possible, but not through 'free' trade and not through the WTO!" These words were heard in over 70 communities across Canada by participants in The Common Front on the World Trade Organization (CFWTO) Quebec to Qatar cross-country caravans. They found resistance to the WTO's corporate agenda in thousands of Canadians coast to coast.
The CFWTO is a Canadian coalition of over 60 national organizations and regional coalitions. Sectors represented around the CFWTO table include health care, education, labour, environment, anti-poverty, women, faith, culture, human rights and international development. Combined membership is over four million Canadians.
The CFWTO sponsored the Quebec to Qatar caravans as part of its campaign to stop a new round of trade talks through the WTO, particularly the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
The two caravans launched from Victoria, British Colombia and St. John's, Newfoundland on October 18 and each caravan included activists from around the world. The international guests were a tremendous addition, bringing a global perspective to the CFWTO's concerns about corporate globalization.