International trade and investment, deep integration

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Global Affairs Canada is currently consulting Canadians on a possible Canada-China free trade agreement. In CCPA’s submission to this process, CCPA senior researcher Scott Sinclair argues that an FTA based on Canada’s standard template would almost certainly reinforce rather than improve upon Canada’s imbalanced and deleterious trade with China.
MEXICO CITY—On the heels of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s visit to Mexico City to discuss NAFTA renegotiations with politicians and business leaders, civil society groups are holding their own parallel talks in the city May 26 to 28.
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)

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