I don’t know how many of you get the emails from Avaaz.org, so am posting about the one I received today. I am ashamed, but not surprised to see that the current government of Canada is in on this deal. But Harper doesn’t care about Canada or Canadians; only about the $$$$$
I don’t know if the links will work, but there is always copy and paste . . . Here’s the body of my email:
Dear friends across Canada,
Canada and 11 other countries are rushing to agree on a trade deal that would let companies sue our government to get rid of laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! But we only have 48 hours to stop this corporate takeover. Sign up now before Monsanto uncorks the champagne:
Monsanto’s about to celebrate their biggest coup ever, but we’ve got until the weekend to stop them.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a huge, ultra-secret deal between Canada and 11 other countries that would give corporations unprecedented power — allowing them to use new global tribunals to sue our governments for passing laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! This could apply to everything from labeling GMO foods to protecting internet freedom. Wikileaks has broken the story and opposition is building fast, but the countries are rushing to seal the deal in 48 hours.
This is insane, but we have a chance to stop it — if we can get Canada to pull out now, the whole deal could crumble. Let’s deluge our Trade Minister Ed Fast with a call to stand strong and stop this corporate takeover before Monsanto uncorks the champagne. Sign up now and share this with everyone:
The leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership drafts read like an extended Christmas wish-list for big business — it would set a global standard of companies imposing their will on our governments through an opaque system of tribunals. These courts could limit access to cheap generic medicines in favour of branded medicines, and even allow US cigarette companies to sue our government over health regulations that they say threaten profits! It’s almost too crazy to be true.
But practically no one has heard of the TPP! The talks are so secretive that not even our elected lawmakers know what’s in it — just the negotiators and 600 corporate lobbyists. Now leaked texts have shocked politicians and citizens worldwide. And they are pushing back on the corporate bullying, and against the US that is hell-bent on getting a deal agreed before there is too much public scrutiny.
The TPP infringes on our rights and undermines our democracy — it infringes on our rights and undermines our democracies just to protect the corporate bottom line. And we only have days to stop it. Join the urgent call and tell everyone:
It can be easy to feel small in the face of big corporate forces driving our governments. But people, not money, are the true source of power. Time and again, our community has proved that when we come together to protect our rights against corporate takeover, we can win. Let’s now stop this unprecedented threat to our democracies.
Alice, David, Jooyea, Alex, Aldine, Julien, Ricken, and the Avaaz team
WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership (The Guardian)
Full text of the leaked draft text (Wikileaks)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of ‘free trade’ (The Guardian)
Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact (Seattle Times)
For Free Trade’s Sake, Get IP Out of the TPP (Huffington Post)
Philip Morris Leads Plain Packs Battle in Global Trade Arena (Bloomberg)