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CWA Canada, in conjunction with the Trade Justice Network, seeks to highlight the need for a more sustainable, equitable and socially just international trade regime.

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Trump Critics say Trump NAFTA replacement too similar to TPP - ADAM BEHSUDI | Politico President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to bring sweeping changes to the “terrible” North American Free Trade Agreement just got a dose of reality. An eight-page draft letter to Congress outlining the administration’s negotiating objectives shows how daunting it will be to translate campaign rhetoric to real policy changes that will achieve Trump’s goals of bringing jobs back to the U.S.and cutting the trade deficit. Critics are pointing out that the White House blueprint for changing NAFTA sounds a lot like the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership deal negotiated by the Obama administration because it includes calls for U.S. trading partners to adhere to strict labor and environmental standards. At the same time, it doesn’t address issues that Trump touted on the campaign trail, such as currency manipulation. Read the whole story at Politico.com
Trade Pacts - CWA Canada, in conjunction with the Trade Justice Network, seeks to highlight the need for a more sustainable, equitable and socially just international trade regime.
Canadian Labour Congress makes TPP a top priority - Tackling the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now a top priority for the 3.3-million-member Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The CLC’s governing body agreed to the change last week after being urged to do so by CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon. “Now that the federal election is over, I’m writing to urge that we reassess our goals and make stopping the TPP a top priority,” O’Hanlon wrote in a letter to the CLC’s Canadian Council. He added that advancing the cause of working people “must include stopping or revising the TPP.” With the newly elected Liberal government confirming it will repeal two anti-union bills — C-377 and C-525 — that were rammed through by the Harper Conservatives, O’Hanlon observed that labour no longer has to be on the defensive and can turn its attention to the TPP. So far, the campaign against the TPP in this country has been led by the Trade Justice Network, a coalition of civil society and labour groups, largely directed and funded by CWA Canada. “We now look forward to convincing the new government that Parliament must not ratify the TPP without fundamental changes,” O’Hanlon said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to “consult” on the [...]
Evangeline Lilly sounds the alarm over TPP with show in Toronto - A Canadian star is adding her voice to a chorus of advocacy and labour groups in denouncing the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, teaming up with punk rockers and hip hop artists in an effort to reach an audience that might not otherwise care about international trade. Actress Evangeline Lilly, best known for her role in the hit TV series “Lost,” will be speaking at the Rock Against the TPP show in Toronto on Friday, the touring event’s only Canadian stop. Lilly, who is Canadian but lives in the U.S., called the TPP a “backdoor way for multinationals to squeeze things into law” without the usual public scrutiny. Read the full article in The Global & Mail.
TPP Day of Action highlights threat to free expression - By Errol Salamon CWA Canada has organized a Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which poses a particular threat to freedom of expression. An academic forum, a postcard campaign and free Rock Against the TPP concert are set for this Friday in Toronto. It’s part of a massive campaign against the TPP in North America, led north of the border by CWA Canada, a national union that represents about 6,000 media workers at major news organizations and newspapers across the country. The TPP is a secret, multinational trade deal between 12 governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. It was organized by government representatives and hundreds of corporate lobbyists, with little public input from civil society organizations. The TPP text has been written and Canada signed the final version on Feb. 4. CWA Canada, in partnership with organizations such as Trade Justice Network, is leading efforts to convince the federal government that Parliament shouldn’t ratify it. Get your FREE TICKETS here to attend Rock Against the TPP Friday’s Day of Action is intended to inform the public and journalists of the TPP’s detrimental [...]

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17.02.23 Globe and Mail – Not all boats being lifted by the tide of global trade
17.02.23 Globe and Mail – The TFA is the unheralded global trade deal that deserves more attention

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