Hudson becomes 21st Fair Trade Town in Canada joining global network
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT MCKINNON
Visiting from Ottawa and symbolically dressed as a ‘free trade’ big banana, Lisa Zentner, director of marketing & communications, Fairtrade Canada, welcomes Hudson to its global community as Mayor Ed Prévost and NDP MP Jamie Nicholls look on in amusement.
It’s official. As of this week, Hudson is formerly designated a Fair Trade Town becoming the 21st municipality in Canada to receive this distinction while joining a global community of more than 1,600 such towns worldwide. This was confirmed by Eric St. Pierre, Co-president of the Association Québécoise du commerce equitable (AQCE), on the grounds of Hudson’s Town Hall on Tuesday, May 19, who stressed that “witnessing the commitment of the people of Hudson for fair trade is a true inspiration and is testimony of great work at the local level.”
Said Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network, “Hudson’s campaign to become a Fair Trade Town was one of the most spirited to date, thanks to incredible leadership, a very supportive community, and a good deal of hard work. It is an honour to have worked with Hudson in becoming a Fair Trade Town and I personally look forward to continuing to work with the Hudson team for years to come.”
Added Robert McKinnon of the Hudson Fair Trade Steering Committee, “It was through municipal, business, and community support over the past year that this designation could be achieved through the engagement of the socially conscious global citizens of Hudson who believe in sustainable, ‘just’ trade, environmental stewardship, and doing what we can in the spirit of protecting and nurturing human dignity here and around the world.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to see Hudson achieve this important designation. Thanks to our amazing Fair Trade Steering Committee members and genuine local support from all corners of the town.” He also noted that it was in keeping with the spirit of Hudson’s past leadership role as the first town to ban pesticides when Michael Elliott was mayor in 1991. Said Jamie Nicholls, NDP MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, “I am so proud to celebrate our town of Hudson as a Fair Trade Town.
The fair trade movement reflects values that I would like to see Canada embrace when negotiating trade deals in places like Honduras and Panama.” Stated Hudson’s Mayor, Ed Prévost, “I am proud of the initiative of local residents and community organizations in this very positive step that promotes awareness of the importance for all of us to take part in creating a fair and sustainable world.”