The Trudeau government is forcing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) through the House of Commons quickly without further public input, and after the deal has been widely denounced by Canadians.
The CPTPP passed second reading in the House of Commons last week. Labour, environmental and civil society groups have widely criticized the deal.
The Trade Justice Network, a large group of civil society organizations that promotes fair trade, says “It is well documented that the CPTPP stands to threaten workers’ rights, farmer livelihoods, environmental protection, Indigenous sovereignty, public services and governments’ right to regulate, while causing job losses in Canadian manufacturing and wage stagnation throughout the economy. Canadians were shocked to see the Trudeau government sign the CPTPP, which, despite minimal changes and a new name, remains nearly identical to the TPP deal negotiated by the former Harper government.”