"The National Union and its Components have fought these governments and their policies every step of the way. We are ready to put that experience to work again." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The TPP copyright provisions, if ratified, could potentially “lead to millions of dollars in royalty payments being transferred out of Canada, the increased criminalization of copyright law, and a loss of policy flexibility for future Canadian copyright reforms." — Michael Giest, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Blair Redlin, co-chair of the Trade Justice Network (TJN) told members of the House of Commons Committee on International Trade there is no rush to ratify the TPP, and every reason for a proper economic, social and environmental evaluation of the deal.
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“We’re disappointed with the government’s decision to sign on and have outlined the many problems that we see with this very broad-reaching agreement," — CLC President Hassan Yussuff
"We are asked to accept an economy-altering free-trade deal with no information, just cheerleading rhetoric.” — Larry Brown, Trade Justice Network Co-chair
Instead of learning from their mistakes, Conservatives are repeating them. Based on the list of sectors that will be harmed by the TPP, approving the deal will be another step away from a diversified economy.
"Every other country knows that Mr, Harper has publicly conceded on this point — he will accept a deal that does not protect the industry and its workforce.” — Larry Brown, TJN spokesperson
“Most Canadians wouldn’t buy a new car without researching the warranty coverage, the mileage, reviews and so on. Yet our government would have us agree to sweeping economic agreements like CETA and the TPP without providing us any facts." — Larry Brown, Trade Justice Network co-chair and NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer
These agreements have included a clause giving individual companies the right to challenge the decisions of democratically elected governments, in ways that citizens themselves don’t have.
Commentary by Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).