The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated in secret by 12 countries, is more a corporate rights pact than a trade deal. CWA Canada, in conjunction with the Trade Justice Network, is fighting the TPP in this country while its international partner, the 500,000-strong CWA, is leading opposition to the TPP in the United States.
Nobel laureate headlines
Ottawa forum on TPP
A blue-ribbon panel of experts, including Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, will hold a forum on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership on April 1 in Ottawa. The all-day forum, sponsored by CWA Canada and the Trade Justice Network, is meant to be an informed contribution to the Liberal government's public consultation on the TPP.
Canada-EU trade agreement:
Liberals trying to hoodwink Canadians
OTTAWA - The Trudeau government’s announcement of reforms to the Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions within the Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) is nothing more than window dressing.
Canadian Labour Congress
makes TPP a top priority
Tackling the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now a top priority for the 3.3-million-member Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
The CLC’s governing body agreed to the change last week after being urged to do so by CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon.
“Now that the federal election is over, I'm writing to urge that we reassess our goals and make stopping the TPP a top priority,” O’Hanlon wrote in a letter to the CLC’s Canadian Council. He added that advancing the cause of working people “must include stopping or revising the TPP.”
Trudeau must demand changes
to 'damaging' TPP: Trade Justice groups
OTTAWA and MONTREAL (Nov. 5, 2015) – Today’s release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that it is a damaging corporate-rights deal that will kill Canadian jobs and override our sovereignty, and it is vital that the new Liberal government negotiate changes.
Canada’s two biggest trade justice networks are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to live up to his campaign promise on TPP to “hold a full and open public debate in Parliament to ensure Canadians are consulted.”
The Trade Justice Network (TJN) and Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC) say the government must conduct a thorough impact assessment to ensure the deal serves the public interest.
Cost of Harper's great deal on TPP:
$5 billion and counting
Steven Harper was desperate to get a TPP deal during the election campaign. After all, his last great trade deal, the CETA with Europe is in serious trouble in the EU and may never be implemented.
So now we have the TPP. A great deal for Canada, we’re told.
The TPP is not a done deal ...
OTTAWA – The caretaker Conservative government has made a serious blunder that could badly hurt Canada by signing on to the deeply flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), says the Trade Justice Network.
Now it’s time for Canadians to make their voices heard and stop the TPP in Parliament unless there are fundamental changes.
There is a very good reason why groups like Doctors Without Borders, Sierra Club, Open Media, and major labour unions oppose the TPP – it’s a bad deal for Canada and for democracy.
Mexican dairy farmers oppose TPP too
The Union of Dairy Producers of the Mexican Republic and the Mexican Dairy Federation asked the government to refrain from presenting offers in the negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which are being carried out in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, that have not been agreed to by the national sector.
(2015.10.01) CWA Canada President Martin O'Hanlon, who is also a spokesman for the Trade Justice Network, addressed a crowd of activists gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, where trade ministers are in a round of final negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TJN is urging Canada to not sign the 'deeply flawed' deal because it is bad for the country and democracy.
Canada must not sign
'deeply flawed' TPP deal
OTTAWA (Sept. 30, 2015) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a deeply flawed and disturbing deal and Canada must not sign on without fundamental changes, says the Trade Justice Network.
Trade ministers from Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim countries gather in Atlanta today in the hopes of reaching a sweeping free trade and corporate rights deal covering 40 per cent of the global economy.
CBC could be on table
at next round of TPP talks
The fate of the CBC could be decided at a trade table far away from Canada even as this country is caught up in a tight election race. The government is sending Trade Minister Ed Fast to Atlanta on Wednesday for the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.
As the Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213) noted last month, WikiLeaks has revealed that the CBC could be on the table at those talks. The Conservative government has not released any detailed information, but the U.S. has been clear on its objectives: Anything it considers State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) – which many believe includes the CBC – is up for negotiation: “We are also pursuing pioneering rules to ensure that private sector businesses and workers are able to compete on fair terms with SOEs, especially when such SOEs receive significant government backing to engage in commercial activity.”
Harper undermines TPP negotiations with careless remarks
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shown reckless incompetence with his recent remarks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and Canada now has no choice but to step away from the table, says the Trade Justice Network.
FEDERAL LEADERS' DEBATE:
Canada's trade deals need independent analysis,
not corporate cheerleading
OTTAWA — On the cusp of Thursday’s federal election debate on the economy, the Trade Justice Network, (www.tradejustice.ca), a coalition of Canadian unions, environmental groups and citizens’ groups, is calling on federal leaders to mandate the Parliamentary Budget Officer to do real fact-based analysis before they sign “free trade” deals that are destructive to Canadian jobs. In the case of CETA, the Canada-European Union trade agreement that has already been signed by the Harper government, this analysis should happen immediately.
TPP would torpedo privacy laws,
allow data to move across borders
The TPP e-commerce chapter aims to enshrine the rights of companies to freely move data (records of financial transactions, consumer behaviour, online communications, medical histories) across borders. This personal data is much sought after by marketers, insurers and intelligence agencies that can build detailed profiles and histories of individuals, frequently without their knowledge or informed consent.
Former CWA leader
joins Bernie Sanders' campaign,
citing Clinton's 'silence' on Fast Track
WASHINGTON — The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call.
Larry Cohen, outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post he will serve as an unpaid volunteer stumping for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Poll finds 75% of Canadians
have never heard of TPP
OTTAWA (June 17, 2015) – Three out of four Canadians have no idea that the federal government is negotiating a huge international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that could have serious repercussions for the country, a new poll suggests.
CWA Canada forges coalition
to take on Trans-Pacific Partnership
CWA Canada is moving aggressively to open up a second front in North America in an all-out battle to stop the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership from being adopted in this country. A coalition of progressive groups is working through the Trade Justice Network and has the support of the 500,000-strong Communications Workers of America, which has been leading opposition to the TPP in the United States.