Canadian TPP News

June 16: Message from Maude Barlow, the Council of Canadians: Terrific news!

The federal government has just announced that it has extended the deadline for public comment on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to October 31Without question, this move is in response to mounting public opposition to the TPP. And without question, it wouldn’t have happened without you, your voice and your generous financial support.  So thank you!

Maude Barlow: “This extension means you and I now have a little breathing room to really put your donation dollars to good work. And we still have a lot of work to do. Over the coming weeks, the Council of Canadians will roll out a number of new efforts to educate Canadians about this terrible corporate rights deal – and engage millions more of us to join the fight to stop the TPP. This includes:

  1. Launching a national ad campaign to spread the word and drive people to submit their concerns.
  2. Lobbying MPs at the riding level throughout the summer with in-person meetings and letter-writing campaigns.
  3. Producing and distributing public education tools to help people better understand how the TPP will harm us, our communities and our country.
  4. Working with international allies to build civil society opposition across other TPP countries.

Yesterday was a prime example of the creative ways you’re helping to build public pressure and political will. Check out the amazing day of action we had at yesterday’s TPP event in Toronto. I’m also excited to share that – because of the new deadline of October 31 – the Council of Canadians is considering a cross-Canada public tour on the TPP starting in September.

Canada needs to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – Published 18 Apr 2016: In the last federal election, Canadians voted for “Real Change”. So why is the government considering ratification of the Conservative-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Canada and the TPP: A Digital Policy Failure: Published 16 Nov 2015: The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) hosted a lecture with Michael Geist, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law.

Published on 24 Jun 2015  Bernie Sanders speaks. 75% of Canadians have ‘never heard of TPP’ – June 19, 2015. Failed trade agreements have not created jobs or raising wages. Why would we go forward with another policy?
Published on 31 Oct 2015 – Bush Harper Obama harper trudeau Obama…  Do people recognize when a used car salesman is “taking them for a ride” – the increasing numbers of unemployed and low paid now know the corporate promises are lies.

The TPP Closes In On Canadian Dairy: Published 3 Oct 2015. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back in the news and negotiators behind closed doors are one step closer to including Canada in on the further erosion of our civil liberties and what’s left of the rule of law by signing onto this corporate-state regulatory takeover.

Dec 2015: TVO: TPP has raised many questions. What’s in the deal’s fine print? Will it be ratified across the 12 member states? Can it go forward if the largest partner, the United States, doesn’t pass it in Congress? Will Canada’s new Liberal government seek to change the terms?

Trans Pacific Partnership and how it would change Canada – Radio Warrior. Published on 12 Apr 2014 Under this agreement Corporate interests will control medicine and medical costs, they will control the economy more completely, giving many corporations country statue.

Latest News

The Canadian Labour Congress has set up a website with union and labour issues around the TPP. Go here.

Fairness of TPP Hearings Questioned by Activists

March 21  -Despite claims that the consultation process is inclusive, citizens of Canada are being given only 20 hours notice of a TPP consultation, giving them no time to prepare questions or re-arrange calendars to attend the meeting. Their questions are not being answered, only written down. This does not show our new ‘democratic-looking’ government in good light. Source

March 15, 2016 “Every government that signs on to TPP flushes its sovereignty down the toilet. Corporations are transformed into Global Emperors against whom mere citizens and mere governments have no recourse.”  -Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, American economist

 

March 15, 2015 Canadian lawyer Michael Geist has examined the TPP and writes 50 clear, well-researched reasons not to ratify it. Link

March 10, 2016 – News Release: CANADIANS ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP). On February 16th, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade decided to conduct a study on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The Committee’s primary objective is to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians. The study will result in a report to be presented in the House of Commons.

As part of its study, the Committee is inviting Canadian individuals and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on the TPP agreement. The Committee is also inviting Canadians to request to appear as a witness before the Committee, either as an individual or as a representative of an organization.
“I am very pleased to be announcing consultations on the TPP agreement,” said the Honourable Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P. for Sydney — Victoria and Chair of the House International Trade Committee. “I very much look forward to Canadians’ thoughts about the agreement, and I am convinced that we will receive a wide range of thoughtful opinions. I know that I speak on behalf of Committee members in saying that we are looking forward to the submissions from Canadians and the testimony of those who appear as witnesses.”
In addition to hearings that will take place in Ottawa, and following approval by the House of Commons, the Committee expects to hold hearings across Canada over the coming months. Once cross-country hearings are confirmed, information will be provided about dates and locations.
Canadians who wish to provide a written submission must do so before 23:59 EDT on April 30th, 2016. Written submissions are to be no more than 1,500 words. More information on the process for providing a written submission can be found in the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees. Written submissions should be emailed to: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca .
Canadians who wish to appear as a witness can make their request at any time during the study. They should provide their name and contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca.