This week, there were two competing narratives on free trade. While (astonishingly!) both the IMF and The Economist said there are problems with free trade, others asserted that free trade is under attack by "populists." Some have determined that the electorate is under the influence of scaremongers and must be re-educated to rid them of their fearful, misinformed views. You may be a "populist." Find out if you are one.
CETA is very close to go to the European Parliament the end of this year or the beginning of next...and it will be a nailbiter.
Given that nothing can be left to chance, Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians, along with executive director Garry Neil and Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner are returning to Europe to tell people there about Canada’s experience with NAFTA.
For Canadians, the American presidential primaries always promise great entertainment value. They’re showy, strewn with flags and red, white and blue balloons flooding the convention floors. They’re full of one-liners and zingers, and full-frontal combat.
And this year, there is a surprising turn in the election. The TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the mega-agreement with 40 per cent of the world’s economy, is turning many voters sour. It, and NAFTA before it, evoke an allergy to free trade agreements in general.
Many of the frontrunners have come out against the TPP. Ten of the original presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, have opposed it. Hillary Clinton has rallied against an undemocratic deal. Bernie Sanders has made it a rallying cry.
EurActiv News reports, "Germany will not sign a trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless an investment protection clause allowing companies to take cross-border legal action against governments is scrapped, Germany's economy minister said on Thursday (September 25). ...Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and EU leaders are expected to announce an end to negotiations at an Ottawa summit on Friday (September 26), but final preparations are being hampered by a row over the pact's 'Investor-State Dispute Settlement' chapter."
Is CETA headed on a collision course between EU member state opposition to the investor-state provision and the European Commission's insistence that the text is final?
It would appear so.
After a poll by Nanos Research, sponsored by the Canadian Health Coalition, showed that 65 per cent of Canadians want the premiers to oppose Harper’s funding changes to health care, the Council of Canadians urges the premiers to push Harper to save and strengthen public health care.
The Council of Canadians is pleased that the Canada-EU trade deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has seen the light of day after German television show Tagesschau provided the full text online this afternoon.
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 Council of Canadians applauds Germany's rejection of the Canada-EU and EU-US trade deals because of provisions that allow companies to sue governments for infringing on their profits.
The Canadian and U.S. governments have used ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands oil unfettered access to the European market, according to a new report released today.
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.