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TPP casino signing gambles with our future

Press Release – Council of Canadians OTTAWA Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling …TPP casino signing gambles with our future OTTAWA – Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling with their citizens’ futures. “By signing the TPP, our governments are playing roulette with our environmental protections and social standards,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “In Canada, we will be doing our part to stop the high rollers behind these deals, the billionaires, from rigging the rules in the interests of a small group of corporations.” The Council of Canadians points out that the TPP is more concerned with protecting corporate rights than with lowering trade barriers. Out of the 30 chapters in the TPP, only two focus on tariff elimination and six deal with traditional trade issues. Further concerns with the TPP include: • The TPP is a bad bet on jobs: According to a study by Tufts University, the TPP could result in 58,000 jobs lost in Canada. The auto industry has also been...

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Canada setting new global standard for TPP secrecy

Press Release – Council of Canadians Ottawa With an undisclosed location, hidden session schedules, and even key foreign negotiators kept out of the loop, the secrecy surrounding next weeks Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Ottawa marks a new low point in transparency …Media Release June 27, 2014 Canada setting new global standard for TPP secrecy Ottawa – With an undisclosed location, hidden session schedules, and even key foreign negotiators kept out of the loop, the secrecy surrounding next week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Ottawa marks a new low point in transparency for an already secretive trade deal, says the Council of Canadians. Despite being less than a week away from hosting hundreds of negotiators and other officials from the other 11 TPP member countries — which include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam — the Canadian government has kept a tight lid on any details about the Ottawa meeting. “The Canadian government claims that ‘interested stakeholders have an opportunity to provide their views related to Canada’s interests in the TPP.’ The Canadian government claims that ‘interested stakeholders have an opportunity to provide their views related to Canada’s interests in the TPP’ but it won’t release even the most basic information to allow for stakeholder access to negotiators as has happened at previous rounds,” says Scott Harris,...

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