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September 19, 2018

The United Steelworkers are calling on the Trudeau government to dump the so-called “Comprehensive and Progressive” Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP is a large multilateral trade agreement between 11 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The Harper government started negotiations on the deal, and the Trudeau government signed it in 2016. The enacting legislation is now being fast-tracked through the House of Commons.

The United Steelworkers said: “Amidst the turmoil of a tariff war and trade negotiations with a hostile U.S. administration, it is unacceptable that the federal Liberal government is pushing ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – a flawed trade deal projected to kill 58,000 Canadian jobs.”

September 19, 2018

Jim Carr, International Trade Diversity MinisterYesterday, Bill C-79, the bill to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership passed the House of Commons’ second reading by a vote of 242 to 48.   Otherwise known as the modified TransPacific Partnership (TPP), the bill was supported by the Conservatives and Liberals and opposed by the Greens, NDP, and Bloc Québécois.  To check what your own MP did, check this out: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/votes/42/1/883/   

The government dramatically cut short the debate.  The bill went to the floor a few hours on Monday, and was completed by Tuesday evening.  Bill C-79 was the House’s first piece of legislation of the fall sitting.

September 17, 2018

In a recent media release, the National Farmers Union (NFU) points out that a United States government factsheet summarizing the agriculture-related aspects of its recent bilateral deal with Mexico suggests Canada’s unparalleled grain grading and quality assurance system is now on the NAFTA negotiating table. The document says the United States and Mexico agreed that “grading standards and services will be non-discriminatory, including for grains and that grading will operate independently from domestic registration systems for grain and oilseed varietals.”

September 16, 2018


The Peterborough Chapter organized a bus to the Curve Lake First Nations Pow Wow.

Chapter activists across the country were hard at work again this week, with several impressive events and lots of planning for a busy fall!

Water

The Guelph Chapter enjoyed an excellent turnout – more than 400 people – to their event, Aquifers Under Siege - What happens when the wells run dry? with Maude Barlow.

Chapter activists in Nova Scotia have been planning for the Protect Offshore Nova Scotia events, October 2-4 in Halifax and Mahone Bay.

The South Shore Chapter celebrated a win in their Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia, as Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatal called for a provincial inquiry into offshore drilling.

Climate

September 16, 2018

Tomorrow, the federal government is attempting to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Parliament. Known now by the new and the unwieldy name Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), this will be today’s second order of business.

It will be framed as a matter of national urgency. The government and corporate Canada will claim that Canada desperately needs to pass this bill or our very economic security is in danger. Predictably, they will say that, with a question mark hanging over NAFTA, Canada needs to diversify its trade away from the United States.

Many people see trade agreements as vital in helping Canada export more. But that may not be what Canada needs.

Let’s take the case of CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. It is now one year since the agreement was implemented. And no growth in European exports.

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