Twitter photo by Lisa Bastien.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to an audience of about 275 people at a Canadian Labour Congress town hall in Windsor this evening.
The Canadian Labour Congress’ promotion for the tour highlights, “The TPP threatens tens-of-thousands of Canadian jobs, will lead to higher prescription drug costs, and threatens our health care system. Learn what the TPP will mean for Canada, your community, and how to stop it.”
This evening Barlow tweeted:
Packed house for TPP town hall, Windsor!!!
Twelve year old Jada Malott wowing the Windsor TPP town hall with her brilliant critique!
Youth speaking out against TPP! So moving!
Ken Lewenza Sr. and Hassan Yussuff on the podium.
Windsor-Essex chapter activist Randy Emerson posted on Facebook:
Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex Chapter at the Stop the TPP townhall in Windsor. A nice crowd has shown up to hear Maude Barlow and Hassan Yussuff speak. Stop The TPP!
Twelve year old, Jada Malott, speaking against the TPP. She tells us it’s over 5000 pages and weighs over 56 lbs (paper copy). I would doubt any politician that has said they have read it. Windsor’s mayor Drew Dilkens is one.
And various other tweets tell us:
@MaudeBarlow says the #TPP gives companies too much power over our elected governments #canlab #windsor #StopTPP
@MaudeBarlow-we’re against trade, we are against trading away our right to protect ourselves (paraphrased) @GreatEssexETFO @unionyouandme
@MaudeBarlow TPP will allow foreign corps access to our water rights #StopTheTPP @CouncilofCDNs @UniforLocal2458
@MaudeBarlow discusses the negative impacts of ISDS of Trans-Pacific Partnership on Canada. @CanadianLabour #canlab #canpoli @WDLCWindsor
Following this evening in Windsor, Barlow and Yussuff will also be speaking in:
While many have clearly voiced their opposition to the TPP at hearings, consultations and protests, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has commented, “In our conversations with Canadians, with industries which are ongoing, there are a lot of people in favour of it and there are a few who have real concerns and we’re looking at understanding and allaying certain fears and building on some of the opportunities.” Last month, Trudeau stated, “It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on [the TPP and] three of its top five trading partners. We established very clearly during the campaign that we’re a pro-trade party.”
The signatory countries are expected to try to ratify the TPP by February 2018.
For more on our campaign to stop the TPP, please click here.