OTTAWA – Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling with their citizens’ futures.
The Swiss-based transnational Novartis International AG is the world's largest pharmaceutical corporation in terms of sales. The provisions in CETA and the TPP are highly profitable for transnational corporations like Novartis, but harmful to the public interest.
This week Council of Canadians representatives joined over 140 health care advocates from across Canada meeting with MPs new and old. Incredibly, over 130 MPs on parliament hill we met with during the lobby to protect, strengthen and expand our universal public health care.
Last week the federal health minister met with her provincial counterparts to discuss the future of medicare. The Council of Canadians joined other health allies at the meeting and shared our priorities with the ministers at the meeting.
Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler is at the two-day federal-provincial-territorial health ministers meeting in Vancouver this week. The provincial and territorial health ministers met yesterday, had dinner with federal health minister Jane Philpott last night, and will meet with her again today. Among the two key issues being discussed are funding and pharmacare.