"Endorsing CETA plays into the hands of populists and extremists from Europe to North America. And just as the world feels the impact of a corporate takeover in Washington, CETA [the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement] threatens to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe, for the benefit of a handful of multinationals. Elected representatives from each EU country still have a chance to stop this toxic trade deal and take a stand for people and nature," Stanton said in a press release.
The call to reject CETA came as the European parliamentarians are preparing for a vote later on Wednesday on ratification of this free trade deal aimed at most trade barriers' elimination.
Green lawmakers as well as far-right nationalist members of parliament, like the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and French National Front members, are reported to oppose the trade deal.
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to leave for Brussels to speak to European lawmakers to celebrate and promote the new deal provided it is given a green light.
If approved, Canada and the European Union may provisionally apply over 90 percent of the deal within months. The rest must be ratified by individual EU member countries.