The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper says “big multilateral trade deals are dead”

If you can believe it, former prime minister Stephen Harper wants you to know that the future of mega multilateral trade deals such as the doomed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is uncertain. The post Stephen Harper says “big multilateral trade deals are dead” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Freeland Admits: U.S. Withdrawal Effectively Kills TPP Trade Deal

This week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland admitted that the United States’ withdrawal from Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) effectively kills the mega trade deal. The post Freeland Admits: U.S. Withdrawal Effectively Kills TPP Trade Deal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Support by Rachel Notley for Donald Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline decision may be unnerving, but it’s politics

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton (Government of Alberta photo by Chris Schwarz). Below: Greenpeace Canada campaigner Mike Hudema, U.S. President Donald Trump (who may not appear exactly as illustrated), and Otto von Bismarck (who, actually, often pretty much did). Premier Notley just pledged to work with Trump administration on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Bad news for Canada as Donald Trump announces withdrawal from TPP deal on day one of presidency

In an infomercial-style video released Monday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump confirmed that he’ll withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement as soon as he assumes office in January. Trump’s “America First” approach means Canada is unlikely to benefit from the inevitable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The post Bad news for Canada ...

Alberta Politics: If Donald Trump won’t knuckle under, could he face an American ‘Colour Revolution’?

PHOTOS: One of many anti-Trump rallies in the United States in the past few days (from Facebook). Below: U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, U.S. Senator John McCain and Julius Caesar. It would be an irony if the troubles the United States has visited on much of the earth were now ...

Mind Bending Politics: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Explained Perfectly

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement mostly negotiated in secret by quite a few governments bordering the pacific ocean.  Canada has been a part of these negotiations and is committed to ratifying the treaty.  Both US presidential candidates are now on the record against this treaty, while current US president Barack Obama has ...

Politics and its Discontents: Elizabeth Warren On The Trans Pacific Partnership

Recently, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a woman I much admire, released a five-minute video that takes aim at the Trans Pacific Partnership, specifically denouncing the Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions that give corporate entities the right to impinge upon a country’s sovereignty through lawsuits if legislation affects their ability to make a profit. Even though ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

ILLUSTRATION: Press Progress’s take on Jason Kenney’s “Brexit” broadsides Thursday night and yesterday morning (Press Progress image). Below: The Acme Professional Dog Whistle, now commanding attention all over the world. It is made in U.K. You don’t even have to make this stuff up! Below that little gem, former Alberta politician Thomas Lukaszuk and Postmedia ...

The Canadian Progressive: TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study

A new study says the expanded rights granted to foreign investors in the Trans-Pacific Partnership delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors while posing major risks for ordinary populations of TPP countries. The post TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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.

Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau, back in 2015 before he was prime minister, promising Canadians real change, including electoral reform, if we gave him the chance. We gave him the chance. Below: Opposition Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC Photo) and the New Democrats’ Alexandre Boulerice. Lately it’s been very hard to avoid noisy demands for a ...

Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

PHOTOS: Where’s the beef? Not in Alberta, if this province’s beef industry can do anything about it. One thing this story has nothing to do with is small-time ranchers like the guy on the steer or independent restaurants like the one run by the mom and pop below. The former picture belongs to the Golden ...

The Canadian Progressive: TPP Trade Deal Would Undermine Public Health Systems Around The World, Groups Tell US Congress

Doctors Without Borders and more than fifty groups urge the US Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the grounds that the trade agreement would undermine public health systems around the world. The post TPP Trade Deal Would Undermine Public Health Systems Around The World, Groups Tell US Congress appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in keynote NDP Convention speech

Former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis sharply criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on key Canadian policy issues during an electrifying address to the New Democrats’ 2016 convention in Edmonton. The post Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in keynote NDP Convention speech appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Case Against Canada Ratifying The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

This week, Internet and e-commerce law expert, Michael Geist, concluded his illuminating 50-day series on the “trouble with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)” by presenting a compelling case against Canada ratifying the trade agreement. The post Michael Geist: The Case Against Canada Ratifying The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives just launched a new series of reports seeking to “demystify” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as Canada inches closer to ratifying the controversial trade deal. The post Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies

Two new studies from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives find “significant risks and high public costs” Canada’s health care system within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The post Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Canada To Sign TPP

The federal government has confirmed that it intends to sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a meeting next week in New Zealand. But that doesn’t mean the Liberal government will ultimately ratify the 12-country treaty, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday. “Just as it is too soon to endorse the TPP, it ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: TPP puts global health at risk

Internet and E-commerce Law expert Michael Geist explains how the TPP’s protections of biological drugs “represent a significant problem for global health” by limiting access to cutting edge medicines. The post Michael Geist: TPP puts global health at risk appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

The TPP’s copyright term extension discourages creativity, restricts access, and imposes enormous costs on Canadian consumers and educational institutions, argues Internet law expert, Michael Geist. Meanwhile, the term extension is “a major windfall for the United States.” The post Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: "It’s A Trojan Horse In A Global Race To The Bottom"

That’s how Former Secretary of Labour Robert Reich, in this brief but very illuminating explanation, describes the Trans Pacific Partnership, approved by the Harper government but not yet ratified. It will be the first real test of how well the new Trudeau government listens to people. Recommend this Post

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure

University of Ottawa prof and Internet law expert Michael Geist explains why the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of Canada’s worst-ever policy moves. The post Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement

The White House has released the following statement on behalf of the leaders of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The post Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement

The 5,000-page TPP agreement “is literally in climate denial” while expanding the rights of corporations, argues Ben Lilliston, the director of climate strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The post Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain

The just released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text confirms the “extension of the term of copyright to life of the author plus an additional 70 years.” For Internet law expert Prof Michael Geist, that’s a massive, costly “blow to access to Canadian heritage.” The post Michael Geist: TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain ...