January 4, 2017: The Rhetoric and Reality of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Since announcing its foreign policy 'pivot to Asia' shortly after the election of Barack Obama, the United States has made extensive use of its institutional and discursive power to encourage denationalization among developing countries whose economies chiefly rely on manufacturing and trade.
November 29, 2016: Welcome to CETA and the Liberals' faith-based reality While you were going about your daily routines this week, the Trudeau Sunny Ways government was rushing Bill C-30 (the act to implement the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -- CETA) through the House.
October 31, 2016: The TPP and Free Trade: Time to Retake the English Language The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are planning to do a full court press in the lame duck session of Congress following the election. We will be bombarded with speeches and columns from President Obama and other illustrious figures telling us how it is important to approve the TPP for a variety of reasons.
October 29, 2016, Bullet No. #1321: What is Really the Matter with CETA?, Leo Panitch Canada's Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's sense of amour propre was clearly dented last week when the latest talks to salvage the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada appeared to fall apart in face of the refusal of the Belgian regional parliament in Wallonia to accede to the Belgian government's support for it.
October 27, 2016, Bullet No. #1320: Fighting the TPP: Niagara Labour Organizes, Bruce Allen I want to take this opportunity to present a short overview of local activity in Niagara in response to the TPP. It will emphasize in particular the leading role which the Niagara Regional Labour Council (NRLC) has played in this activity. The first actions to show opposition to the TPP were initiated last autumn. They essentially came from outside of the labour movement.
October 26, 2016: CETA has bigger problems than not-so-'tiny'-after-all Wallonia The Council of Canadians is exultant about the potential demise of a Canada/EU trade agreement. "Democracy has prevailed and the agenda to boost corporate rights is in tatters," says Maude Barlow, the Council's national chairperson.
October 23, 2016: The Building Storm Against the TPP The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the one of the most recent of the neoliberal trade agreements being proposed. The final proposal was signed off in February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand by 12 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the USA, and Vietnam, after 7 years of negotiation. It awaits ratification in each country. It is a companion agreement to the existing NAFTA agreement, and the CETA and TTIP agreements that Canada and the U.S. are respectively negotiating with the EU.
October 19, 2016: Futureshock: CETA and democratic governance Imagine a far-off dystopia when foreign corporations are given the same status as citizens in public hearings. When the overriding priority for government in issuing licenses for fracking, pipeline and other projects is to make the process simple for corporations.
October 16, 2016: Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally In a ruling released October 14th, the investment tribunal rejected OceanaGold's claims and ordered it to pay $8-million in legal fees and costs to the government of El Salvador. This solidarity rally was in held in Toronto, 14 October 2016.
October 5, 2016, Bullet No. #1311: Unpacking CETA, Peter Rossman The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like other looming mega-treaties, is a comprehensive vehicle for expanding the scope of transnational investment by rolling back the capacity of governments to regulate in the public interest. The attack on democratic governance is not restricted to the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which privileges transnational capital by creating a parallel legal system exclusive to transnational investors. The invasive claims of transnational investors permeate the entire treaty.
September 20, 2016: Hundreds of Thousands March in Germany Against TTIP, CETA Hundreds of thousands took to city streets across Germany on Saturday as they marched against a pair of corporate-backed trade deals they say will undermine democracy, attack workers and local economies, and accelerate the threats posed by corporate hegemony and global warming.
September 12, 2016: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History, Chris Hedges The TPP is part of a triad of trade agreements that includes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). TiSA, by calling for the privatization of all public services, is a mortal threat to the viability of the U.S. Postal Service, public education and other government-run enterprises and utilities; together these operations make up 80 percent of the U.S. economy. The TTIP and TiSA are still in the negotiation phase. They will follow on the heels of the TPP and are likely to go before Congress in 2017.
September 7, 2016: Trade deals of yesteryear sow seeds of impending Trexit, Mel Watkins Trexit. You read it first here on the good enough margin of empire. T is for Trump. Rhymes with Brexit. Occurring at the same time, with an ocean in between, there has to be something in common. Brexit is about Britain leaving the EU. Trexit is about the U.S. leaving the present NAFTA should Trump become President. He says he will 'totally renegotiate' under the threat of an American withdrawal otherwise. That's only one of a trillion things Trump would do but as Trump would say 'believe me, it's absolutely got to happen.' His reasons are all about Mexico. We, Canada, are simply collateral damage.
September 2, 2016: The new TTIP? Meet TISA, the 'secret privatisation pact that poses a threat to democracy' An international trade deal being negotiated in secret is a “turbo-charged privatisation pact” that poses a threat to democratic sovereignty and “the very concept of public services”, campaigners have warned. But this is not TTIP – the international agreement it appears campaigners in the European Union have managed to scupper over similar concerns – this is TISA.
July 28, 2016: Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership This critique of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dedicated to the memory of my friend and colleague Stephen Clarkson, who mourned for Canada when the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement came into effect in1988 by wearing a black arm band. Let’s talk trade. It can be good; how else does one who lives in we-have-no-bananas land get bananas?
July 19, 2016: After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico's Economy in Ruins Twenty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1994, a trade deal championed by Democratic President Bill Clinton went into effect. The North American Free Trade Agreement was meant to integrate the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico by breaking down trade barriers between them, creating jobs and closing the wage gap between the U.S. and Mexico.
July 12, 2016: Not just bigots and boors oppose trade deals The decision of British voters to leave Europe has been treated as evidence that they’re intolerant xenophobes keen to seal themselves off from the world. That Donald Trump is on their side only helps make the case that they represent a boorish throwback, a desire to make the English-speaking world great again by turning it into a giant gated community surrounded by sky-high walls.
July 10, 2016: Do Trade Agreements Foreclose Progressive Policy? The simple answer to this set of questions is: yes and no. But let’s step back for a minute. From the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), adopted in the early 1990s, to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being advanced today, criticism has focused on the negative impacts of these agreements on employment in many U.S. industries.
July 8, 2016: Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn't About Free Trade -- It's About Protecting Corporate Profits The news media and advocates of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement have repeatedly described opponents of the deal as “protectionist” or opposed to trade itself. For instance, after Donald Trump pressed Hillary Clinton to swear off passage of the deal, the New York Times reported that Trump was embracing “nationalistic anti-trade policies.”
July 5, 2016: Silence of the Left regarding Euro-Austerity and T-TIP The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being left behind by the neoliberal economic growth policy. The fact that Donald Trump happened to be in Scotland to promote his golf course helped frame the U.S. story that depicts the Brexit vote as a “Trump vs. Hillary” psychodrama – populist anger and resentment vs. intelligent policy.
June 28, 2016: Bad Investments: Trading Away the Right to Energy Democracy The recent release by Wikileaks of documents relating to the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) - currently being negotiated in secret in Geneva - has brought a new round of scrutiny not only to the TiSA, but also to the sweeping effort to re-write international trade and investment rules of which it constitutes just a part.
June 22, 2016: What's the big deal? Understanding the TPP As debate over whether Canada should ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues, the CCPA is pleased to introduce a new series of reports to demystify the complicated trade deal and clarify its ramifications.
June 21, 2016: Government must stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) On Thursday, Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff and Senior Economist Angella MacEwen spoke to the House of Commons Committee on International Trade to outline serious concerns with the Conservative-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Below is Hassan Yussuff’s statement to the committee.
June 15, 2016: Foreign investor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership This study examines the special privileges, enforced through investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which would be given to foreign investors under the TPP. These include the right to compensation where government laws, regulations, or other decisions are found to interfere with an investor’s interests.
June 5, 2016: TTIP: European Commission attempts to resurrect deal as countries go cold on plan The European Commission is attempting to rebuild support for its controversial TTIP trade deal with America – amid concern countries across the continent are going cold on the plan. President of the Commission Jean-Claude Junker travelled to Paris to speak to a convention of French mayors in a bid to firm up support ahead of an EU leaders' summit later this month.
June 3, 2016: Trade the TPP: Imagining a fair trade future Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, speaking just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership 'the worst trade deal ever.' That's quite a statement, since there have been some pretty bad trade deals negotiated, including with Korea and the European Union. The TPP is a proposed new 'free trade' agreement involving 12 member nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States of America and Vietnam. Canada was late to the game, joining the TPP negotiations near their completion, which meant negotiating from a position of weakness with limited ability to shape the main features of the deal.
June 2, 2016: The Impact of TPP Tariff Removal on Canadian Trade This study assesses the potential benefits and risks for Canada of tariff removal under the TPP. Through an in-depth review of the quantity and product composition of Canadian trade with TPP countries not already covered by existing free trade agreements, the study sheds further doubt on claims the deal will generate significant trade benefits for Canada.
May 25, 2016: Leaked treaty texts confirm it: TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy The secret draft texts of the proposed US-EU 'free trade' agreement TTIP released by Greenpeace Netherlands on May 2 confirm what critics have maintained from the outset. TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy. The treaty negotiations were never centered on reducing tariffs between the US and the European Union, which are at historic lows.
May 18, 2016: The Free-Trade Consensus Is Dead Speaking on Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made a familiar argument. The Obama administration has used trade agreements to reshape globalization in the best way, he said. We’ve put labor and environmental standards at the core of the deals, he claimed, and we’ve created a level playing field for U.S. workers.
May 18, 2016: TPP In Depth On October 5, 2015, Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other countries – together representing more than 40 per cent of the global economy – announced the conclusion of negotiations on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” deal. The Council of Canadians opposes this deal because it includes an investor-state dispute settlement provision that allows transnational corporations to sue governments over legislation or policies made in the public interest.
May 11, 2016: Alarm bells are ringing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Now that the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is finally out, experts and civil society groups are ringing alarm bells about some parts of the mega trade deal that don't seem quite as advertised. It boils down to one key question: are Canada's best interests being served?
May 8, 2016: Protest never changes anything? Look at how TTIP has been derailed For those of us who want societies run in the interests of the majority rather than unaccountable corporate interests, this era can be best defined as an uphill struggle. So when victories occur, they should be loudly trumpeted to encourage us in a wider fight against a powerful elite of big businesses, media organisations, politicians, bureaucrats and corporate-funded thinktanks.
May 7, 2016: What is TTIP and why should we be angry about it? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership may sound boring, but it could affect everything from your income to the food you eat and the state of the NHS. Here is a beginners’ guide to the controversial trade deal.
May 5, 2016: TTIP has been kicked into the long grass ... for a very long time As talks to broker a global trade deal entered a second tortuous decade, the US and the European Union came up with an idea. Since it was proving impossible to find agreement among the 150 or so members of the World Trade Organisation about how to tear down barriers to freer commerce, they would strike their own agreement.
May 4, 2016: TTIP Leaks Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. We have done so to provide much needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.
May 3, 2016: TTIP leaked documents could spell the end of controversial trade deal, say campaigners Hundreds of leaked pages from the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) show that the deal could be about to collapse, according to campaigners. The huge leak – which gives the first full insight into the negotiations – shows that the relationship between Europe and the US are weaker than had been thought and that major divisions remain on some of the agreement’s most central provisions.
April 29, 2016: Killing TTIP - The struggle against corporate power! While Obama is visiting Europe to drum up support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the 13th round of negotiations of the treaty is currently taking place in the US.
April 21, 2016: Peru: Activists Prepare Sixth March Against the TPP With the first round of presidential elections over in Peru, activists are resuming the marches against the Trans Pacific Partnership. This would be the sixth March against the TPP in Peru this year. Previous actions took place in Lima and other major cities of the country like Cuzco, Arequipa, and Tacna.
April 11, 2016: The real poison pill in the TPP Canadians have many reasons to be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive international trade agreement that, if ratified, will result in restrictive new rules governing our daily lives, from how we use the Internet, to how much we pay for medicine.
April 4, 2016: Canadians are talking about the TPP Since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed in early February we’ve been hearing a lot from the government about how Canadians would be consulted on Canada’s involvement in the far-reaching agreement. We’ve been told that no decisions have been made, and that we’ll be listened to.
April 2, 2016: TPP: Worst trade deal ever Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.
March 13, 2016: New Report on TPP Trade Deal Raises Serious Concerns about Corporate Misalignment Our new report finds that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the mega-regional trade deal, raises serious concerns about how a world economy reregulated to suit corporate interests would undermine public accountability, transparency, and democratic participation. Co-authored by our Director John Powell and Global Justice Program researchers Elsadig Elsheikh and Hossein Ayazi, our analysis underscores how the TPP would grant greater transnational corporate influence over the fate of one third of all world trade, with TPP signatory members producing 40 per cent of all global economic output.
February 8, 2016: Why I still worry about auto job losses under a TPP My friend and fellow #cdnecon tweeter Mike Moffatt has published a thought-provoking commentary regarding the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Canada's auto industry. Specifically, Mike engages critically with previous arguments I have made (here and elsewhere) that the TPP, as currently negotiated, could result in the ultimate loss of tens of thousands of Canadian auto jobs, due to the relocation of a significant proportion of the industry's North American supply chain. In this post I will respond to his three main arguments.
February 7, 2016: TPP threatens to worsen inequality The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's non-trade rules ensure that those with the most capital now can protect their position, at the expense of economic development opportunities for the poor and the middle class, and of the environment.
February 5, 2016: TPP protesters shut down central Auckland as ministers sign controversial deal All motorway access points are now open after protesters blockaded the Cook St, Wellington St and Hobson St offramps earlier this afternoon. But the Transport Agency said commuters should expect delays and some diversions as they head into or out of the central city. The Auckland Harbour Bridge has remained open throughout the protests and traffic is free flowing.
February 4, 2016: Canadian unions tell government the TPP threatens jobs, food safety and more This week the federal government plans to sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after which Canada will be locked into a two-year countdown to ratify the deal, despite the controversy surrounding it. Last week, Canadian Labour Congress President, Hassan Yussuff, and several other Canadian union leaders met with Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to express serious concerns about the deal.
February 1, 2016: TPP Will Cost Canada 58,000 Jobs, Won’t Grow Economy, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood Even the loudest advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership concede that the macroeconomic benefits for Canada will be small, as we have written before. Canada's former trade minister promised a $3.5-billion boost to the Canadian economy -- a fraction of a percent -- if the massive trade treaty goes ahead. The most optimistic forecasts, including a recent report from the World Bank, point to an increase of around 1% to the Canadian economy by the year 2030.
January 31, 2016: Signing TPP: a step back for Canada After more than five years of secret negotiations and the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in the middle of the federal election 2015, Ministers from the 12 TPP countries now plan to meet in Auckland New Zealand on February 4th to formally sign the deal. The timing for the signing matters because it allows countries to begin ratification through their legislative processes.
January 29, 2016: On TPP, Trudeau Must Think Like a Keynesian Place your bets. Will Justin Trudeau and his economic advisors choose a neo-Keynesian approach to the growing economic disaster facing the country or will it stick to the neo-liberal ideology that has been the stock response of Liberal and Conservative governments for the past 30 years?
January 20, 2016: Crafted By and For Big Business: TTIP Under Fire Across Europe A new UK coalition is sounding the alarm over how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under negotiation between the U.S. and EU, would force European small businesses into unfair competition with U.S. firms with lower standards and lower costs.
January 18, 2016: Trade minister says renegotiation of Pacific trade deal not possible A renegotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is not possible even though serious concerns may be raised during public consultations, Canada's trade minister said Thursday. "The negotiations are finished and for Canadians it's important to understand that it's a decision of yes or no," Chrystia Freeland told reporters Thursday after receiving varied feedback at a meeting at the University of Montreal.
January 17, 2016: The TPP In 2 Minutes The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United States has been engaged in discussion with eight Pacific nations to come to an agreement on the terms of the TPP. It is a free trade contract that would allow for a more open system of exchange between the United States and less developed nations, apparently, and it has been wrapped in secrecy since discussions began within the Bush administration in 2005.
January 17, 2016: The Deeper, Uglier Side of TPP In his State of the Union address, President Obama said the Trans-Pacific Partnership was about staying on top as a global economic power, but a close look at the text shows how that only applies to multinational corporations.
January 14, 2016: In 2016, let's hope for better trade agreements - and the death of TPP Last year was a memorable one for the global economy. Not only was overall performance disappointing, but profound changes – both for better and for worse – occurred in the global economic system. Most notable was the Paris climate agreement reached last month.
December 12, 2015: Free Trade Agreements 101, Raul Burbano Trade and investment agreements increase corporate power, erode state sovereignty, weaken democratic authority and are central to the neoliberal framework of privatization and deregulation. They do this by restricting government ability to regulate in the public interest, limiting progressive governance and public services, while at the same time protecting and privileging the interest of multinational corporations. This includes in many areas not directly related to trade like food production, access to medicines, health care, the internet, environment and labour regulations.
November 27, 2015: TPP would let foreign investors bypass the Canadian public interest In early October, prime ministerial candidate Justin Trudeau promised Canadians “a full and open public debate” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With 30 chapters that would bind Canada to sweeping agreements on everything from services to intellectual property to the environment to procurement, there is much to debate. One deserving a public discussion is the investment chapter, which includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism that allows foreign investors to sue state parties for violating broad investor protections contained in the agreement.
November 26, 2015: How U.S. Labour can still defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership In a coup for lobbyists and harmful special interests, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is just months away from full ratification. TPP is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy that will impact nearly 40 per cent of global GDP.
November 20, 2015: Reject the TPP Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Bovine growth hormone (BGH) is currently illegal in Canada, keeping this dangerous product out of our cows, milk and dairy products. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), however, would allow BGH-laced milk and dairy products from the U.S. to enter the Canadian market.
November 19, 2015: The TPP: A Living Agreement President Obama has called the TPP a “trade agreement for the 21st century.” The implication is that this agreement goes a step beyond past trade agreements. And in at least one critical way this appears true.
November 17, 2015: Trudeau's boldness test: The TPP ustin Trudeau has proven to be much more bold in his first couple of weeks than almost anyone imagined. Unlike Jean Chretien and his 1993 election Red Book, Trudeau actually seems to be intent on keeping many of his promises.
November 16, 2015: The TPP is about entrenching corporate power, not 'free trade' The hypocrisy of “free market” advocates is astounding. While they trumpet increased competition and the elimination of state imposed barriers as a means of spurring economic advancement, they ignore how the Trans Pacific Partnership and other “free trade” accords increase monopolistic intellectual property provisions.
November 12, 2015: Flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership lands in Justin Trudeau's lap It’s official. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment deal is bad for Ontario’s crucial auto industry. In fact, it’s worse than expected. The 12-nation pact, which ties together countries ranging from Canada and the U.S. to Vietnam and Malaysia, also promises other gloomy outcomes.
November 10, 2015: Not so fast: TPP needs public consultation With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text finally revealed, the Council of Canadians asks that new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor by failing to consult with the public about the agreement. After years of secret talks where only cleared advisors and lobbyists were consulted – with no input from Parliament, civil society or labour organizations – a full democratic accounting of this far-reaching deal is long overdue.
November 9, 2015: Canada's Humiliating Entry into TPP Trade Deal The Harper government's frantic efforts to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations came to fruition last week, with the announcement that Canada will be admitted to the talks. The TPP is a nine-member, U.S.-led effort to create a "21st century" trade and investment agreement.
November 7, 2015: TPP, TTIP and TISA Trade Deals to Create a New Global Legal and Economic System
November 5, 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Prioritizes Trade Over Health The discussion about the economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on dairy farmers and auto workers has begun. But in Canada, an important discussion about the TPP is still waiting in the wings. Across the world, specialists have raised concerns about the negative health impacts of the TPP.
October 17, 2015: Secret TPP Treaty: State-Owned Enterprises Issues for Ministerial Guidance The letter indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy within the Agreement which aims to severely restrict "state-owned enterprises" (SOEs). Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales.
October 16, 2015: The TPP Will Sap Whatever Is Left of Our Sovereignty Pushed by employers and transnational corporations, our governments are increasingly bartering our freedom in favour of a handful of private transnationals, whose powers surpass those of the state. These agreements grant their member companies, the right to challenge our laws and regulations in areas, such as: the protection of water, the environment, our public services, our health care, our roads and bridges and our sewer systems.
October 15, 2015: A Quarter of a Million in Berlin Against TIPP and CETA The German capital hasn't seen a demonstration this big in more than ten years. On Saturday, up to 250,000 people marched against TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement).
October 15, 2015: We've been sold out by the TPP sham The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn't about trade and it's certainly not about free trade. It's about entrenching the interests of major corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens, writes Ian Verrender.
October 14, 2015: The TPP agreement: A dead end for jobs Canada used to excel at industrial strategy, but now we are satisfied with trade, and any type of trade will do. Some will say that old economic project is dead (or should be). They suggest it’s futile to want to graduate up the export food chain—from iron ore to steel, from steel to airplanes—because “the market” demands we specialize in what we’re best at. If it’s oil, gold and raw materials instead of auto parts, so be it.
October 14, 2015: Public Services under Attack The aggressive agenda of services corporations, with regards to TTIP and CETA, pushes for far-reaching market opening in areas such as health, cultural and postal services, and water, which would allow them to enter and dominate the markets. Those in charge of EU trade negotiations are rolling out the red carpet for the services industry, with CETA and TTIP reflecting the wishlist of corporate lobbyists.
October 14, 2015: Once More: The TPP Agreement Is Not A Free Trade Agreement, It's A Protectionist Anti-Free Trade Agr We've pointed out a few times in the past that while everyone refers to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a "free trade" agreement, the reality is that there's very little in there that's actually about free trade. If it were truly a free trade agreement, then there would be plenty of reasons to support it. But the details show it's not, and yet, time and time again, we see people supporting the TPP because "well, free trade is good."
October 12, 2015: Greens call for greater scrutiny of TPP deal The Greens' federal spokesman for trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has made the written request to Mr Turnbull after the 12-country trade deal was clinched in the US earlier this week. In a statement, he said the public had the right to hear the "full story".
October 11, 2015: Mickey Mouse protection, the TPP and why America remains unequal According to a new book called Saving Capitalism, what's wrong with the American economic system has a lot to do with the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act." And rather than rescuing capitalism, the newly announced Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may simply perpetuate the problems identified by the book's author, public intellectual and former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich.
October 11, 2015: NAFTA on Steroids: Consumer Groups Slam the TPP The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history. The agreement has been negotiated for eight years in secret and will encompass 40 percent of the global economy.
October 10, 2015: The investor-state dispute settlement provision in the TPP While the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not likely to be released until November 5 or later, we do know from various media reports that the 12-country agreement that encompasses more than 40 per cent of the global economy includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision.
October 9, 2015: TPP trade agreement text won't be made public for four years The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that was agreed by trade ministers from US, Japan and ten other countries will not be made public for four years - whether or not it goes on to be passed by Congress and other member nations. If ratified by US Congress and other member nations, TPP will bulldoze through trade barriers and standardise international rules on labour and the environment for the 12 nations, which make up 40 per cent of the world’s economic output.
October 9, 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is great for elites. Is it good for anyone else? In 2011, Australia enacted a tough new anti-smoking law that requires cigarette companies to distribute their wares in plain green packages. Anti-smoking activists see Australia's law as a model for the world. They hope that replacing logos with graphic health warnings will make them less appealing to consumers, especially minors.
October 8, 2015: TPP Documents Show Canada, Japan At Odds Over B.C. Timber One of Canada's most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned. Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and provincial governments, and which drives up their cost to foreign buyers.
October 8, 2015: Six reasons why you need to carefully read the small print on Harper's TPP deal Only two weeks before election day, the Government of Canada has reached an agreement on the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Conservative leader Stephen Harper said it was an "historic day," however Canadians may not get a look at the small print until after election day, as only the broad highlights of the deal have been made public and key details are still missing.
October 7, 2015: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Taxpayers Will Once Again Bear the Cost The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now a done deal. This new free-trade agreement was negotiated behind closed doors and Canadians knew nothing of its negative impacts, at least, not before today. “Talks began ten years ago. The Prime Minister should have regularly reported on the negotiating process instead of keeping voters in the dark for years,” criticizes François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada.
October 7, 2015: The Hard Truths for Canada About the TPP The bottom line with the TPP for Canada is that it really doesn't have a choice about whether or not to join. The Americans and Mexicans are joining and they're taking the North American market i.e. Canada's market, the source of its prosperity, with them -- whether or not Canada agrees.
October 7, 2015: TPP: No time-outs allowed in the class struggle With 14 days to go in the election campaign, Stephen Harper announced the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a comprehensive economic integration deal pushed by the U.S., that will cover 12 countries including Japan, but excluding China.
October 7, 2015: The negative impact on public health will be enormous MSF expresses its dismay that TPP countries have agreed to United States government and multinational drug company demands that will raise the price of medicines for millions by unnecessarily extending monopolies and further delaying price-lowering generic competition.
October 7, 2015: The unsung merits of supply management The way we manage our milk supply is being scrutinized by our trading partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. They don’t like how farmers run the dairy industry and want the federal government to let them in to sell us their products. This country’s think tanks and pundits have lined up to lambaste the system.
October 7, 2015: Trans-Pacific Partnership a big win for corporate interests With today’s announcement of a completed Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, it’s likely the news will focus on potential economic impacts in sectors like dairy and auto. These are certainly important questions, but so are the details buried in the TPP’s more than 30 chapters, including one on investment protection.
October 7, 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership The TPP agreement is a deal currently being negotiated between 12 countries, and currently, drafts leaked to media suggest that there's a lot to be afraid of. The Government can still refine or reject parts of the deal that aren't in the public interest; but without public pressure, there's little hope of hearing about, much less putting a stop to, the devil in the detail.
October 6, 2015: Canada's auto industry could lose 20,000 jobs because of TPP trade deal The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal could have major ramifications for Canada’s already struggling auto industry, resulting in cheaper vehicles for consumers, but a more competitive landscape for Canadian manufacturers. Unifor, the union that represents Canadian workers at the Detroit Three, said the deal would put an estimated 20,000 auto jobs at risk by eliminating tariffs and significantly reducing content rules for vehicles and auto parts.
October 5, 2015: The Conservatives Are Betraying Canadian Jobs This will be the first generation of Canadians in our history to be worse off than their parents. That blunt fact is the new reality of our country, where seven per cent of workers are officially jobless (and much more if hidden unemployment is included) and youth unemployment stands at over 13 per cent. And that reality is a direct result of the policies and actions of this Conservative government and the Mulroney government that came before it.
October 5, 2015: TPP In Depth The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is 12-nation (and counting) free trade and corporate rights deal that is being led by the United States but also includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Thailand, The Philippines and South Korea have also expressed interest in joining the talks, which would eclipse the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the ways democracy would be constrained in the interests of multinational corporations.
September 28, 2015: Ten ways the TPP gives too much power to foreign investors One of the most controversial parts of trade and investment agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the special status they give to foreign investors. Foreign investor lawsuits under these agreements have exploded, growing from a few cases in the late 1990s to more than 600 worldwide today.
September 12, 2015: The TPP Will Finish What Chile's Dictatorship Started This September 11 will be the 42nd anniversary of the US-backed coup against the democratically elected Chilean government led by the Socialist Salvador Allende, kicking off a battle that is still being fought: In Chile, protests led by students, indigenous peoples, and workers to roll back the “neoliberalization,” or Pinochetization, of society, are a continuing part of everyday life.
August 14, 2015: Can this election halt NAFTA on Steroids (a.k.a. the TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership has quietly emerged as an issue during the federal election. It should receive the scrutiny it deserves. First we learned that Canada would continue to be part of the negotiations during the election with Canada’s Privy Council declaring that this was possible so long as no “drastic” actions like ratification were taken.
August 10, 2015: Canadian Government Amends 'Caretaker Rules' ... to Continue Negotiating TPP This past weekend was a busy one politically as Canada was launched into a lengthy election campaign just as countries negotiating the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii failed to conclude a deal. With reports that there may be a follow-up ministerial meeting within weeks, Canadian officials have been quick to claim that the election campaign will not interfere with the TPP trade talks.
July 31, 2015: TPP leaks show Canada Post and CBC up for trade According to a document leaked on Wikileaks, the CBC and Canada Post could be jeopardized by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement being negotiated this week in Maui by Canada and 11 other countries. State-owned enterprises in the TPP could be severely restricted and subject to rules that force them to give up their public service mandates.
May 27, 2015: Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement - It Isn't. This is a message to activists trying to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Stop calling the TPP a “trade” agreement. TPP is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a trade agreement. Trade is a good thing; TPP is not. Every time you use the word trade in association with the TPP, you are helping the other side.
May 21, 2015: The TPP Is a Grave Threat to Climate Action Dear MoveOn member, This is Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything—and I’m writing because President Obama and the U.S. Congress need to hear from you before they rush toward approving a massive new trade agreement that would benefit corporations and undercut serious efforts to fight climate change.
May 15, 2015: Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Critical public debate on President Obama’s coveted Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had been undergoing an important shift in the buildup to his failure yesterday to secure “fast track” authority. Opponents of the trade deal being secretly negotiated between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam have moved the discussion beyond its putative impact on jobs and growth and closer to the agreement’s broader ramifications.
May 13, 2015: The secret corporate takeover hidden in the TPP The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the U.S. and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,” as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
April 16, 2015: Secret trade deal must be opposed Yet it is being negotiated in secret to ensure it is free of any public criticism or scrutiny – so secret that the text of the agreement will be released only four years after the deal has been signed. How do we know what’s in the agreement?
March 31, 2015: Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP, a huge 'trade' agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries, kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.
December 17, 2014: Uruguay Takes on London Bankers, Marlboro Mad Men and the TPP What the hell is happening in tiny Uruguay? South America's second smallest country, with a population of just 3.4 million, has generated international headlines out of proportion to its size over the past year by becoming the first nation to legalize marijuana in December 2013, by welcoming Syrian refugees into the country in October 2014 and by accepting the first six US prisoners resettled to South America from the Guantánamo Bay prison on December 6, 2014.
June 22, 2014: WikiLeaks Reveals Global Trade Deal Kept More Secret Than the Trans-Pacific Partnership The whistleblower and transparency website WikiLeaks published on Thursday the secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, a controversial global trade agreement promoted by the United States and European Union that covers 50 countries and is opposed by global trade unions and anti-globalization activists.
January 26, 2014: Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 'neoliberal assault' Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- a purported free trade deal between 11 countries, including the U.S., Canada and Japan, which has been in negotiations for some years -- have noted that the deal has little to do with free trade. Rather, the TPP is about limiting regulation, helping corporate interests and imposes fiercer standards of intellectual property (to, again, largely benefit corporate interests).
November 30, 2013: U.S. imperialism's pivot to Asia In his second inaugural address, President Obama announced that after he withdraws combat troops from Afghanistan, the United States will be 'ending a decade of wars.' On the very same day, the United States conducted three drone strikes in Yemen. In reality, Washington is now in a permanent state of 'low-intensity' drone wars all around the world.
November 24, 2013: The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of 'free trade' The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement among 12 governments, touted as one of the largest 'free trade' agreements in US history, is running into difficulties as the public learns more about it. Last week 151 Democrats and 23 Republicans (pdf) in the House of Representatives signed letters to the US chief negotiators expressing opposition to a 'fast track' procedure for voting on the proposed agreement.
November 11, 2013: TPPA: When Foreign Investors Sue the State In the public debate surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), an issue that seems to stand out is the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system. It would enable foreign investors of TPPA countries to directly sue the host government in an international tribunal.
November 4, 2013: This transatlantic trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don't either. Mind you, I spent 10 minutes looking for my watch the other day before I realised I was wearing it.
March 15, 2013: Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty, Manuel Pérez Rocha and Kristen Beifus and Raul Burbano A 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is underway in Singapore this week. Canada and Mexico join the nine other TPP countries for the second time since the U.S. government invited its NAFTA partners to join late last year. The TPP is a super-sized trade deal-expanding on so called "next generation" trade and investment deals that NAFTA countries have pursued in the wake of the stalemate at the World Trade Organization.