A Canadian resource site for understanding the TransPacific Partnership

The official government of Canada website nicely depicts the corporate benefits of the TPP. This website summarizes information showing the public cost of TPP, and the loss of sovereignty and social equality that will affect Canadians if TPP is ratified.

Its increasingly apparent that TPP is not so much about reducing tariffs, but reducing non-tariff regulation like environmental, food and safety standards that they feel stand in the way of their profit. NAFTA proves how environments can be trashed when all life is made subservient to profit.

The Canadian government is currently asking what we think about TPP. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016. Send your thoughts here.

Latest news:

October 30, 2017 Federal Trade Minister François-Phillipe Champagne is flying out to Tokyo today for secret talks about the deal with the remaining 11 TPP countries. Negotiations are underway and participating countries plan to finalize a deal by the end of the year. Worse still, the Trudeau government is aggressively pursuing every trade deal it can, free from any public scrutiny.

99% of letters to Global Affairs Canada reject the TPP

The government says it wants to hear from the public about the TPP deal and is asking you to submit your comments. As the Council of Canadians’ found out through an access to information request, 99 per cent of those who have already written to Global Affairs Canada, including thousands of Council of Canadians supporters like you, told the government that they don’t want the TPP. Link

Talks are happening behind our backs, with no civilian oversight. Link

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What is the TransPacific Partnership? (TPP)

Ralph Nader told Chris Hedges that TPP “…is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history. It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. These tribunals can declare our labor, consumer and environmental protections [to be] unlawful, non-tariff barriers subject to fines for noncompliance. The TPP establishes a transnational, autocratic system of enforceable governance in defiance of our domestic laws.”

Few have waded through the 5,544-page page document. It has been written by businessmen representing 12 countries in the Pacific Rim. The countries are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. Together they account for about 40% of current global economic output and a third of world trade.

However, Canada already has trade agreements with most of these countries, our biggest trade being with USA (NAFTA), the remaining countries making up only 3% of Canadian exports – or $5-8 billion. Simply put, Canada stands to gain little and lose much. Ref.  Read on Wiki Ref  Read the TPP text here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, have asked that Canadians review this document and state their opinions. To make this easier, this website draws together information from sources here and abroad, and states aims & concerns on some key issues. If you don’t choose TPP for your future, please respond right away by writing your MP sign petitions listed on the action pages, and spread the word.

Under TPP, our environment, our democracy and our future are at stake.

Please watch the videos, read the pages, follow the links, make your decision, write to Your PM and relevant MPs, and to
TPP-PTP.consultations@international.gc.ca

What might be wrong with this picture?

We’ve all seen the job-loss, wage stagnation and outsourcing other trade agreements have created, and seen our markets swamped with cheap foreign goods. There is no sense that TPP will be any different for the layperson. Canada will be forced to import more foreign dairy, some of which could contain bovine growth hormone and heavy metals. The cars we manufacture will be forced to contain more foreign parts. Canadian workers will be competing with Vietnamese 65 cents/hr wages; there’ll be more job outsourcing. Other issues are addressed in this site.

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Why am I only hearing about TPP now?

Although negotiations have taken place for 8 years, the content of the TPP has been carefully kept from the public. The few readers allowed to read it were allowed no recording devises and were banned from speaking about. For years, all the public knew was from Wikileaks. Final disclosure last November proved wiki’s leaks correct. Mr. Harper signed on behalf of Canada, on October 5th 2015, yet contents of the agreement were withheld from the public until November 7, 2015 – after the election. Ref  Now signed, the agreement cannot be changed. It is a yes or no vote. Please read this information carefully. If ratified, the loss of democracy and resulting financial situation could be permanent.

The TPP should be either scrapped, or entirely re-written in a way that is agreeable to all humanity. Corporate lobbyists and MPs who try to undemocratically ram this agreement through using stealth, lies, and spin should be aware of future criminal charges for treason.

The Deeper, Uglier side of TPP. Published 14 Jan 2016: World corporate power and domination.

For the corporations to get their tariff reductions, the 12 TPP countries must adopt a 5,544 page agreement that, if ratified, will have far reaching implications such as internet control here and longer pharmaceutical patents that will increase health care costs. Inter-state dispute lawsuits, already a burden under NAFTA, could rapidly increase. More here. Corporations gain; governments (public) pay.

Five Action Points to help prevent Canada Ratifying the TPP

1. Find out what is going on. Watch the videos on this site and read whatever you have time for.

2. Go to the petitions page. In five minutes you can sign a whole range of helpful petitions.

3. Copy paste this e-mail and forward to all your empowered, conscious, thinking friends.

4. Post at least one animation, talk or article from the stop- TPP site every day on Facebook (click on ‘YouTube’ and share from there.) Tweet. Instagram. Talk about it.

5. Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland are asking Canadians for their views, cc Elizabeth May and Tom Mulcair. (see the Contact MP page). Print the e-mail and mail it to them. No stamp needed.

What are we told will be the benefits?

We are being promised TPP will increase wealth and create jobs, and we will be ‘left behind’ if we don’t ratify this ‘Gold Standard’ agreement. However, Canada is differently placed than some TPP countries in that we have already seen the devastating effects of NAFTA. Corporations promised NAFTA would create wealth and jobs too. We just found out too late that the wealth was going to the 1% and it had no intention of trickling down.  

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warns Canada against TPP

April 2, 2016 “TPP is a very bad agreement and will worsen inequality. I’m actually shocked that they’re actually seriously considering ratifying it,” Nobel Laureate Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz told host Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House. Read the CBC article here  “This is not a free trade agreement. This is a managed trade agreement, and it’s managed mostly for corporate interests in the United States without giving a little bit to the other TPP partners,” he said.

His biggest issue is with the ISDS lawsuits. Stiglitz said that if the federal government passed legislation to “help alleviate, say, exclusion of First Nations or other groups in your society, you could be sued. If you passed a minimum wage law, you could be sued.”

He added TPP will do little to help boost growth and would hurt Canada’s job landscape. “The trade agreement surely will lead to job reduction. They talk about exports creating jobs, but they keep forgetting that imports destroy jobs,” he warned. “Canada is a country which, on average, will be importing labour-intensive goods and exporting capital-intensive goods so that on net, there will almost surely be job losses.”

Liberal government could still ratify the TPP

March 30 Canadians need to continue educating MPs on the down sides of the TPP. While many believe the TPP will never ratify, especially given that Clinton, Trump and Sanders are all against the deal, however, headlines reveal PM Justin Trudeau is still championing free trade deals, including TPP. While internationally there are calls for re-negotiating the ISDS lawsuits embedded in NAFTA, TPP and other trade agreements, Trudeau seems wary of intervening. See “Trudeau champions NAFTA and the TPP during US visit” here.

Where does the TPP stand?

Mr. Harper signed to this agreement without Canadian knowing the contents. The Liberal government is ‘looking over the agreement,’ and signed in February. However, it has not yet been ratified. A public consultation is taking place, though there have been complaints that there is little place for citizen input.

MPs will vote on the TPP, not citizens. The impression MPs have of TPP is shaped by the corporations who wrote the agreement. MPs need education about what is in the agreement. They seem to believe it will create jobs and prosperity, whereas independent research shows little if any potential growth, huge potential losses, including loss of sovereignty.