International trade and investment, deep integration

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Business lobby groups have long complained of different consumer protection and health measures creating unreasonable “barriers” to trade and investment. They have now identified international co-operation, with industry input at the earliest stages of regulatory development, as the next great leap forward to shape globalization according to their interests.
Illustration by Remie Geoffroi Like many of you, we were caught off guard by the Trump victory. We are now faced with a right-wing, plutocratic U.S. government championing a nationalism laced with racial and ethnic overtones.
The implementing legislation for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Bill C-30, makes a number of unilateral changes to various Canadian laws that will be permanent even if CETA ratification fails in the European Union—an increasingly likely event given roadblocks in many European member states.
CETA is much more than a trade deal. It is therefore not enough to just to assess which export sectors stand to gain and lose from EU-Canada tariff elimination. This submission flags some of CETA's more problematic chapters and provisions—on investment protection, the liberalization of public services, threats to environmental protection rules, limits to local government procurement, etc.—in order to help the parliamentary trade committee and Canadians in their deliberations on the agreement.
Photo credit: Communications Workers of America
Tsleil-Waututh leaders sign the Treaty Alliance Against the Tar Sands in Vancouver on September 22, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey/National Observer.
Illustration by Remie Geoffroi The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an overtly U.S.- driven and dominated trade agreement designed to bolster America’s corporate and geopolitical ambitions. The U.S. Trade Representative even calls it a “made in America” deal.
Prime Minister Trudeau signs the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in Brussels on October 30. (Photo from the European External Action Service)
This issue of the Monitor explains why public concerns about the TPP are fully justified. Experts in a number of areas unpack the many ways this “21st century agreement” would undermine global food security and the climate, weaken government regulations, increase the cost of medicines in Canada and across the TPP region, and further empower corporations to challenge public policies simply for harming profits.
Photo credit: Olaf Brostowski, Flickr Creative Commons Seven years after negotiations began on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trudeau government is poised to sign the deal at a ceremony in Brussels in October. Whether Europeans are ready to actually ratify it is still an open question.