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    Canada to Sign Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Next Week

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    Canada's International Trade Minister said that Canada will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement during a meeting in New Zealand on February 4.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Canada will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement during a meeting in New Zealand on February 4, Canada's International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said in an open letter on Monday.

    "Signing does not equal ratifying… Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made," Freeland noted.

    On October 5, twelve countries of the Pacific Rim region reached an agreement on the wording and subject matter of the TPP, intended to deregulate trade among the signatories, which make up 40 percent of the world economy. The details of the trade deal, negotiated in unusual secrecy, were revealed to the public after almost seven years of negotiations.

    The parties to the TPP agreement are the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

    Freeland pointed out that many people in Canada still have not made up their minds about the controversial free trade agreement.

    "As Parliament returns this week, I will work with my colleagues from all parties to conduct a full and open debate in Parliament, a commitment we made in October’s election," she added.

    In November 2015, the Canadian advocacy group Council of Canadians requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau consult with the general public about ratifying the TPP free trade agreement or it would be illegitimate. The advocacy group emphasized that Canada should first carry out a review of the trade agreement’s environmental, human rights and economic impact before engaging in a debate whether to ratify it.


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    • avatar
      Could someone please remind me of how Trudeau is an improvement from Harper? He seems to be using the same instruction manual.
    • Well goodbye sovereignity , canada.
    • in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, He's cuter that's why everything he says is "cool".
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      Just what's needed, yet another 'deal' to carve off more local production, with local benefits, to some Asian place with crap support for Canadian buyers, all while the petroleum dollar buys less foreign goods... Canadian governments are stupid at best, actively harmful at worst, to any sort of diversification, stability, or even protecting strategic industry and resources. Labs, Tories, all Bay St puppets.
    • Baybars in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Mr. Trudeau is a Harper in sheeps clothing. His policies are the same with regard to trade, relations with Russia and of the occupiers of Palestine. I am not sure how he will set out his Liberal agenda of spending when the Canadian dollar is less than 70% of the U.S. dollar, gold is still depressed and resource royalties are almost dry.
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      Well fellow Canadians...get ready to be royally screwed by corporations and get used to the idea of having to dance to their tune.
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      peskyverain reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Trudeau has the misfortune of inheriting something that Harper got started long time ago. And it isn't just Canada...
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      and who is Freeland trying to kid? Signing does not equal ratifying..........? pure drivel.
    • Mr. Blair M. Phillipsin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, - You're right again.....The signing of any trade agreement that gives ultimate and final decision making to a foreign unelected body(WTO) means Canadians have lost their inherent right to decision making or their sovereignty. We(Canadians) live in a Fascist system. Corporations now run our government.
    • in reply toMr. Blair M. Phillips(Show commentHide comment)
      Mr. Blair M. Phillips, Thank you. We have the same case in europe with the brussels bureaucracy (ruled by unelected people yet they want to us to believe this is a democracy).. and the upcoming ttip. We're already under us control but with this it will be the final nail in the coffin.
    • austquest
      TPP, et al; Corporate ‘America’s’ Desperate ‘Extortion’; Join in U.S. Increasing Avaricious $17+ trillion Debts to harmless taxpayers, or, Scorched Earth, Global Depression? Harmless U.S. taxpayers wait for the ‘shoe’ to drop as ‘Debts’ comes home to ‘Roost’?

      TPP, et al, base for future changes for Global Corporate Economy; your tax dollars to fund their enterprises & value of shares with No Corp. Liabilities & for their future considerations…

      Is ‘The Submission’ to The Supreme Court of Canada, et al, ‘unnecessarily’ delaying the TPP, CETA, et al?

      * What happened to new Canadian PM Trudeau’s (Corporate Canada East) promise to read, understand, share his understanding of TPP with consultation & questions from the taxpayers? Have Trudeau & Freeland read the TPP?

      * Should Politicians Have to Sully Their ‘Beliefs’ & Sales Pitches with ‘Sordid’ Facts that Come from Actually Reading & Understanding Global Treaties/’Arrangements’? Just the Facts; ‘We’, The People can Draw our Own Conclusions? Unless they’ve been paid via ‘future considerations’…
      2 Republican Senators Admit that They Have read the TPP.
      Congress/Parliaments; Deluded, or, Deluding; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?
      ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodies’? (Who Will Guard the Guards?)

      * TPP Costs harmless Taxpayers. Why not make Global Corporate Partners pay for ‘Privilege’ of joining TPP, et al & Corporations pay TPP Tribunal’s punitive penalties NOT the harmless taxpayers?

      * Do ‘We’ want ‘Good Corporate Citizens’, or, more of Corporate Global assocs. to Punish the harmless taxpayers & complete the Info Deprivation?
      * After New Zealand’s PM admitted that medicines will cost more, have the citizens of New Zealand & other TPP nations also noticed similar moves like Canadian Prime Minister Harper below? ‘To help pay for the harmless taxpayers ‘guilty transgressions’ against Global Corporations in Canada, Prime Minister Harper has recently cut the funding for health care by $36 billion dollars’. (please see article below)

      * There is a great deal more to the ‘Foreign’ Treaties/’Arrangements’ (TPP, CETA, TTIP, et al), than Tobacco Carve-out, Piggy-backing Autos & Parts from China to N. America &/or the EU via Japan, Gouging Drug Prices, Fish, IP, Privatizing Public Health Care, Dairy products & Pork;
      Why didn’t Someone Tell me that the Punitive Penalties of the TPP’s Tribunals would come off the Top of Signatory Governments’ Budgets & Not the Bottom after All other Expenditures? Corporations & Shareholders First and the lil’ guy gets left overs, if any.

      • Can Piggy-backing 80% of products from China, BRICS, et al, on to Canadian products exported to the U.S. really lower the taxes of Canadian citizens by 7% if Corporate Canada increases our Taxes (Global Corporate Tribunal Penalties) by 2- 12%+?

      • Canada’s Remorseless Prime Minister (Pay for The WAD Accord's
      Compensations, etc.) & Depriving Citizens, et al, of Due Diligence Info?
      • There is no melodramatic ‘Boom, or, Bust’ in the TPP & the other Global
      Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements; it’s just a huge Shift of Liabilities from
      Corporations to the harmless lil’ guy and taking Huge amounts from the lil’ guy via Punitive Penalties ‘giving’ it to Shareholders as ‘Profits’;
      Tort Reform on Steroids is Tort Abolishment.

      • How long have Global Corporate Associates been ‘Passing’ Legislation in
      Anticipation of Suing Once Ratified? ‘Trickle’ Up & Out Economics.

      • Corporate America, after its 2008 ‘Tactical Probe’ into Deregulation & Its Sub sequential Buying Short on its Global Recession, is Anxious for Its Legitimized & Globalized (TPP/TTIP/CETA) ‘Full Invasion’; HSBC’s money laundering, Enron’s insider trading, Chase Bank’s fraud, etc. Corporate Canada & its Traditional Big 3 Political Parties are desperate to increase its play time under the ‘skirts’ of Corporate U.S. in the International Glitter Game.

      • TPP, TTIP, CETA; Roll-back NAFTA, et al, Tribunal Penalties (ISDS) paid by Canadian lil’ guy; $125 M & $25 M legal fees to Reneging Corporate America. U.S. Pays ‘0’. ‘You Should have Known’; President Bush. Prohibit Future TPP, et al, ISDSs.

      • But, will the lil' guy get 6 years to read, consider, discuss & improve upon (with lawyers paid by Global Corporate Assocs.)?

      FULL Article, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
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