How to write to an MP
- Your name, address and postal code – this validates you’re a real person
- Dear (MP)
- Positive opening line – thank you for all you are doing about …
- Stated concern – often stronger to focus on one point
- State what you want the MP to do – please do not sign or ratify the TPP
- Ask for something – I would like to know your position on this important issue. MP then needs to reply to you.
- Sign, date
There are 10 main areas of concern in TPP: Pick your most hotly contested area, and pull some text off the website
It is more impactful to write an original letter, but yo’u can select a pre-written letter – click here
- Loss of democracy – we’d have an unelected corporate government that sits above our elected government, that will sue through ISDS lawsuits for any loss of profit, effectively putting profit above environment, social and health protection
- Internet control, criminalizing all downloading, re-writing Canadian copyright law will cost millions.
- Extended patent rules for already massively wealthy pharmaceutical corporations will raise costs for medicine world-wide, pricing medicines out of reach of millions of people, increasing health-care costs (raising taxes?) for all Canadians
- Job loss – trade agreements make it easy to outsource jobs, puts pressure on wages to compete with wages in developing countries. TPP additionally pressures to allow incoming workers with little oversight even when there is unemployment at home
- Agriculture – TPP forces open our markets to accept foreign dairy (which likely won’t be labeled as such), which will cost our farmers billions, lowers our food standards to ‘harmonize’ with lower standards abroad.
- Unfulfilled promises: Like other trade agreements, TPP promises jobs and higher GDP. NAFTA raised GDP, but the increase went into the pockets of the 1% not the average worker. Higher unemployment is inevitable under TPP.
- Tax loop holes – It is not Canada that benefits from tariff removals – Corporations save money, Canada loses a revenue stream and an ability to regulate markets. TPP makes it easier for corporations to hide profits off-shore, further avoiding taxes.
- Canada was not well represented. Other countries cut better deals. Canada hasn’t done the math. For a 3% increase in trade from countries we don’t already have trade deals with, we will lose jobs, trading advantages with NAFTA, billions for pharmaceutical cost increases, internet control, and ISDS lawsuits.
- Global trading instability through creating large controlled trading blocks pitted against BRICS nations, effectively creating an economic cold war.
- Secrecy. This agreement has taken nearly 8 years to craft, yet it was only made available for Canadians to see in November 2015. We are aware that secrecy happens when activities are unacceptable to ethical people…
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