Alberta Politics: Thanks to Donald Trump, the post-war American imperium that’s run like a Swiss watch is coming unsprung!

PHOTOS: U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade makes its way through Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017, just before the stuff hit the fan and everything went to hell in a handbasket. (Photo: United States Navy.) Below: President Trump, former president Barack Obama, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and former Australian PM and ...

CuriosityCat: Why I hope CETA fails

Michael Geist in today’s Globe & Mail gives cogent reasons why the EU-Canada trade deal is bad for Canada, and for our democracy. This bad trade deal has not been discussed in detail by Canadians; was born in secrecy, negotiated in secrecy; diminishes our democratic rights; and is being  pushed by the political and economic ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations

David Korten argues that the current wave of opposition to profit-oriented trade agreements will force future deals to prioritize people, not transnational corporations. The post Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment

The European Commission’s new investment protection proposals for future trade agreements, which were recently incorporated into the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), won’t prevent dangerous corporate attacks on public health and the environment. The post CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: The Trans-Pacific Partnership—never heard of it ???!!!

The above headline is plagiarized directly from a CBC article. I added the punctuation gratuitously to convey my horror that a proposed “trade” agreement that could have major effects on Canadian lives is largely unknown to those same Canadians. The agreement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and it involves 12 Pacific Rim countries including Canada ...

Bill Longstaff: Germany stands up for democracy

Finally, someone has said enough to the erosion of democracy brought about by “trade” agreements. From NAFTA to the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, these agreements have eroded the power of governments in favour of investors. International agreements are, in themselves, a very good idea, one way ...

Bill Longstaff: Corporations suing countries—how crazy is that?

Lone Pine Resources sues Canada because Quebec has imposed a moratorium on fracking. Philip Morris sues the Australian government over its tobacco plain packaging legislation. Swedish energy company Vattenfall sues Germany because of that country’s decision to phase out nuclear energy. Fracking is a method of exploiting oil and gas reserves that has been accused ...

Parchment in the Fire: Capital courts: how corporations can hold governments to ransom | Red Pepper

Capital courts: how corporations can hold governments to ransom Transnational corporations have won shocking powers to sue sovereign states, writes John Hilary, and they are not shy of using them February 2014 via Capital courts: how corporations can hold governments to ransom | Red Pepper. Filed under: Capitalism Tagged: Capitalism, corporate power, trade agreements