Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati is pictured in Winnipeg on July 16, 2012. (Photo: Trevor Hagan/CP)The complaint focuses on controversial provisions in the agreement, similar to those in the North American Free Trade Agreement, that would let companies sue the government under certain circumstances. The statement of claim also takes issue with the federal government's tradition of signing and ratifying free trade deals and other international agreements without prior approval from Parliament or the provinces.
Filed on behalf of ex-Liberal ministerGalati, who filed the complaint of behalf of former Liberal cabinet minister Paul Hellyer, has a history of successfully challenging Ottawa. The Supreme Court of Canada sided with him three years ago when he challenged the Harper government's attempt to appoint Justice Marc Nadon to the top court. University of Ottawa constitutional law expert Errol Mendes says to expect a different result this time around, since the Constitution gives the federal government clear powers to sign and ratify free trade deals.
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