‘…The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership is a multilateral free trade agreement … 13 countries are party to the negotiations including … Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam….
‘Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement, corporations would gain an array of privileges:
- Rights to acquire land, natural resources, factories without government review
- Elimination of risks and costs of off-shoring to low wage countries
- Compensation for loss of “expected future profits” from environmental laws
- Right to move capital without limits
‘The TPP will impose a set of extreme foreign investor privileges and rights and their private enforcement through the notorious “investor-state” system. Under this regime, foreign investors can skirt domestic courts and laws, and sue governments directly before tribunals of three private sector lawyers operating under World Bank and UN rules to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their “expected future profits”.
SumOfUs.org has a petition (original: http://action.sumofus.org/a/harper-secret-deal/), but unfortunately it uses globalist concepts like “climate change” and “biodiversity”. We never get away from the left-right dialectic technique, so globalist environmentalist concepts are used to fight globalist “free trade”.
To me, what we should be concerned about is protecting our rights, whether those rights have to do with pollution or resources. So supposedly we have courts and laws to protect private property rights first, and also the local rights of smaller jurisdictions (provinces, local communities, First Nations). But also we should be protecting the rights of Canadians to determine what happens to government-owned resources we pay for.
Governments – we think – are supposed to represent the collectively owned resources of Canadians and to protect our best interests, not hand them over to foreign (or domestic) corporations.
Trade deals are mentioned in the 2011 Conservative Party election platform, but not the TPT by name.
The whole idea of a blanket “free trade” deals goes against democratic representation, because the use of any collectively owned resource should at least be decided democratically by national, provincial or local governments. Blanket decisions can’t be legitimate. And every decision line-by-line should be reversible and disposable depending on our decisions right here in Canada. We should not be locked into anything.
But apparently the TPT goes against our domestic laws (and wouldn’t it be great if those were decided democratically). So the TPT violates our sovereignty. Just like other international agreements, where governments try to lock decisions in stone at an international level, “free trade” deals violate Canadian sovereignty and contradict our laws.
International agreements, especially secret ones that are not even read by Members of Parliament (according to sumofus.org), are just absurd and offensive.
Canadian resources don’t belong to the elite clique of politicians, bureaucrats and corporations who use “free trade” agreements to standardize the planet to suit their own class and their strange globalist ideology.
These agreements are not morally legitimate as they have nothing to do with the interests of ordinary Canadians who are never consulted.