Montreal: Rally against the TPP

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 08:30

The Raging Grannies have the courage to denounce the TPP. What about you?

On Tuesday, the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade will hold hearings in Montreal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that accounts for 40 percent of the global economy, but which was negotiated in the greatest secrecy. Here are some of the problems with the agreement:

  • Multinational corporations have additional rights to sue governments over changes in their environmental or social policies if it affects corporate profits (the famous Investor State Dispute Settlement clause)
  • A study by Tufts University shows that Canada could lose 58,000 jobs because of the TPP. The union Unifor estimates 20,000 jobs could be lost in the automotive sector. Major losses could also take place in Quebec’s dairy, eggs and poultry sector
  • Increase in the price of medicines: The agreement extends patents on pharmaceuticals that create additional costs to consumers and to the assurance medicaments system.

The committee consulted the public in a very controlled manner; many participants who asked to present have been rejected.

We would like to welcome the committee composed of MPs from three federal parties when they arrive to remind them that people are opposing the TPP. The Raging Grannies will be there to offer their tongue-in-cheek perspective on the subject.

When: Tuesday, May 10 at 8:30 am
Where: in front of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque West (Mansfield corner and René-Lévesque)

Bring placards, banners and images of what you hold dear.

The consultations take place in the Marquette Room from 9am to 3pm. There is also a chance for the public to speak between 2pm and 3pm. We invite you to register at 9am to speak.
Organized by: The Council of Canadians, Citizens in Action, and the Raging Grannies.

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