WHAT: The Council of Canadians St. John’s chapter is challenging the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the local hearing of the Standing Committee on International Trade today. The Council is available for comment on the controversial corporate rights pact.
WHO: Ken Kavanagh with the St. John’s chapter of the Council of Canadians will present at the committee.
WHEN: 9:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2016
WHERE: Room Salon B – Fort William Ballroom, 115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, N.L.
WHY: “At this point, the international trade committee notes that there is a lot of opposition to the TPP from family farmers, unions, civil society groups and, above all, ordinary citizens,” says Ken Kavanagh with the St. John’s chapter of the Council of Canadians. “Whether it is issues around affordable health care, the outsourcing of jobs, environmental protection, government procurement and so much more, the point is being repeatedly made that the TPP and its predecessor, CETA, are a corporate assault on Canada’s legislative and judicial sovereignty.”
The Council of Canadians is also holding a major conference in St. John’s from October 14-16, GROUNDSWELL 2016: Toward a Healthy Economy for People and the Planet. The conference will bring people together from coast to coast to coast to address the challenges of government cutbacks, economic inequality, and destructive trade agreements like the TPP.