04/13/2012 12:34 EDT | Updated 06/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Atlantic mayors want a say in free trade negotiations with European Union

HALIFAX - Mayors in Atlantic Canada say they want to participate in ongoing free trade negotiations between the federal government and the European Union.

The mayors, who are holding their regular meeting in Halifax, say municipalities have been shut out of talks and want to be included in future discussions on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement.

Mayor Clifford Lee of Charlottetown says municipal leaders are concerned that trade agreements could conflict with long-standing domestic procurement policies.

Lee says water and the services connected to it should not be considered within the agreements.

The mayors have asked the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to raise their concerns with Ottawa.