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Dispute Could Spur EU To Demand Visas For Canadian Travellers

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics

A deadline is fast approaching.

There Is A Reason The Right Wing Is Attacking Free Trade

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In many countries, there is a debate over how much power we give to corporations. And it is boosting populist right-wing parties and left-wing parties that are against trade. In Europe, many of the right-wing parties are opposing free trade agreements. At the same time, from the left of the spectrum, voices such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are also targeting free trade.

CETA Announcement Shows It's Possible To Fix Trade Deals

Jerry Dias | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

By announcing changes Monday to what we had been told was a done deal, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has acknowledge that a trade agreement can, in fact, be modified in the face of massive public opposition and mobilization.

Canada-EU Trade Deal Expected To Take Effect Next Year

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Business

Chrystia Freeland says she is confident the agreement will be signed this year.

2-1/2 Years Later, Canada-EU Trade Deal Gets Revised

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Business

Controversial investor-state dispute tribunal is being revised.

CETA Changes Make Investor-State Provisions Worse

Maude Barlow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

Having toured Europe and met with both politicians and grassroots groups, I can tell you that a court system is not going to placate European activists or many parliamentarians. Some are already calling it a PR stunt that does nothing but put a Good Housekeeping seal of approval on an already flawed system.

Free Trade Deals Are The Opiate Of The Ruling Classes

Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Business
Daniel Tencer

We need to do a lot better than sign any free trade deal that comes along simply because it's there.

Canada-EU Trade Deal Could Be In Force A Year From Now: Envoy

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — The massive free trade pact between Canada and the European Union will, for the most part, be a done deal in one year even if it is not ful...

EU Quietly Asks Canada To Rework Trade Deal's Investment Clause

CBC | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Business

European Union officials quietly approached Justin Trudeau's new government last fall with a request to revisit the controversial investment protection clause in the Canada-EU trade deal.

When Corporations Sue Countries, No One Wins

Maude Barlow | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

If Keystone XL were built, it would produce 110 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, which is incompatible with effective U.S. action to cut climate pollution. Ultimately, the loser isn't the big bad Americans; it's our environment, and the right of governments to protect it for their citizens.

The TPP Erodes Public Policy To Benefit The World's Plutocrats

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

[Obama] argued that globalization was eroding workers' rights and concentrating economic benefits at the top, that it is now harder for people to pull themselves out of poverty. In the same breath, he flogs the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Come again?

Trade Trumps Climate Change Action At COP21

Sujata Dey | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Sujata Dey

When our democracies try to act on climate, trade agreements get in the way. For over 20 years, we have been fighting ISDS, the investor state dispute settlement clause in Chapter 11 of NAFTA, which allows companies to sue states over their decisions. It is a favourite tool of energy and mining companies.

Europeans Have The Power To Defeat CETA

Sujata Dey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

I cannot help thinking that, while countries rush to sign trade deals such as CETA and the new TransPacific Partnership, they cannot seem to get a binding climate change agreement. Very little at the UN or in previous climate conferences has been binding. CETA and TPP are both major trade deals that must be fought.

I Saw How Europeans Came Together In The Aftermath Of Paris

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sujata Dey

I learned the news from internet sites -- the Bataclan was not very far from me. I know that spot. I discovered that one of the shootings was on Charonne Street. I looked up the address: 92 rue de Charonne, la Belle Équipe restaurant. My address: 125 rue de Charonne. Brent ordered me not to go outside.

CETA: The Canadian People's Voice In Europe

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

A delegation from the Council of Canadians led by the organization's National Chairperson, Maude Barlow will also be going to Europe. This week, the Council of Canadians is launching an eight-country, two-month European tour to explain to European leaders the pitfalls of CETA.

Daniel Tencer

Why The TPP Is Not A Done Deal, And Why It May Never Get Done

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business

Prime ministers and presidents around the world congratulated themselves Monday after coming to an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a "tran...

Sorry Harper, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Is Still Not a Done Deal

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

A year ago -- Sept. 26 to be exact -- Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The flights alone cost $300,000.

UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

Countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate -- be they environmental, health or human rights -- that negatively affect corporations' bottom line. ISDS essentially grants corporations equal status to governments in these negotiations and privatizes the dispute settlement system between nations.

Progressive Canadian Voters Support Changes to Trade Deals

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

I believe that Canadians, especially progressive Canadians, want to move beyond partisan rhetoric with an independent analysis of the Canada-Europe trade deal. We want an honest assessment from the Parliamentary Budget Officer of what we're gaining and what we're giving up.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Shouldn't Stop for Elections

Mark Warner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

Trade negotiations are growing in importance as developed and developing countries alike increasingly realize that protectionism is not a path to prosperity. Federalism poses challenges for our trade negotiations that are exacerbated by elections at both levels of government in Canada, and among our trading partners. The electoral clock is also ticking on Japanese Diet elections next summer and on U.S. presidential and congressional elections next fall. If the machinery of trade talks ground to a halt every time an election approached, there would be no trade agreements at all -- which is, perhaps, what some people desire.

CIBC: Free Trade Deals Becoming ‘Bureaucratic Nightmare'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Business

“Something is not working” with the free trade deals Canada has signed onto, CIBC World Markets says in a new report — but don’t expect the us...

The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?

CETA's Promise of 80,000 Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. But many economists and commentators have questioned the veracity of economic models of trade agreements saying free trade's returns have been overestimated.

The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

Maude Barlow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

Canada's trade minister Ed Fast believes that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not need to be renegotiated to address growing European concern about its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. We can hope that this intransigence could be the undoing of CETA in Europe.

Maude Barlow in Conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Sujata Dey | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

Berlin -- Yesterday, Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, challenged the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and other trade deals in a panel discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the panel, Chancellor Merkel presented her G7 presidency priorities.