Scott Harris's blog
Even by the standards of negotiations surrounding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the last week of news about the status of the negotiations has been bewildering.
The first high-level round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ever held in Canada wrapped up on July 12 in Ottawa, with negotiators sneaking out the back door to avoid notice, just as they had slinked into the city 10 days earlier.
As I speculated in a May 6 blog post, rumours that the final outstanding issues in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would be concluded and a final agreement reached and presented to the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) have proven false, and negotiations are still ongoing.
There have been rumours for the past week that Canada and the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union which is responsible for negotiating trade deals on behalf of the EU) were set to reach "technical finalization" of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this week, ahead of a May 8 meeting in Brussels of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade). Indications are now that such speculation may prove premature.
Citizens of Lethbridge and members of No Drilling Lethbridge are celebrating this morning the announcement by Goldenkey Oil Inc. that the company "has decided to withdraw from its Penny Project and will not be making application to access its minerals in the Lethbridge area," saying that "Goldenkey has decided on a project basis that the barriers here did not justify the costs."
A network of more than 50 organizations from across the political spectrum in Alberta scored a major victory this week with the announcement from Alberta Auditor General Merwan Saher that his office would begin an audit of the safety of Alberta’s 400,000 km of pipeline infrastructure.
A new leak of US proposals to the ongoing Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) reveals that US negotiators are seeking sweeping obligations that would lift restrictions on the cross-border movement and storage of data, and other rules that would undermine net neutrality and prohibit requirements that service suppliers site their servers within a specific country.
Both houses of the French Parliament last week adopted resolutions opposing the investment protection rules in the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), in the latest sign of growing opposition in Europe to the deal's sweeping corporate rights provisions.
The Council of Canadians and more than a dozen European and Canadian organizations today simultaneously released a new report that looks at the threat posed by the controversial investor protection rules in the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The report, Trading Away Democracy: How CETA’s investment protection rules threaten the public good in Canada and the EU, warns that expansive new protections in the agreement’s investment chapter – including the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism similar to NAFTA’s Chapter 11 – could “unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states, and could dangerously thwart government efforts to protect citizens and the environment.”