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Sujata Dey

Trade Campaigner, Council of Canadians

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On CETA, Trudeau Liberals Don't Speak For

On CETA, Trudeau Liberals Don't Speak For Canadians

Last October, we were treated to the tale of the off-again, on-again Canada-European Union summit featuring CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The agreement was signed in a hasty and somewhat shaky ceremony on October 30. It was a comedy of errors right from the beginning.
04/06/2017 09:38 EDT
Meet The Man Standing Up To

Meet The Man Standing Up To CETA

Paul Magnette is not a household name in Canada, but he should be: he is best known for making Chrystia Freeland, our former Trade Minister, cry. Magnette, minister-president of Belgium's French-speaking Wallonia region, raised the ire of the international economic community: How dare a small region like Wallonia bring down the work of 28 other countries? And how dare he challenge a free trade agreement? Well, here's the thing: He vows to do so again.
04/05/2017 03:53 EDT
Supporting Free Trade Deals Isn't

Supporting Free Trade Deals Isn't Progressive

For as much as a government wishes to enact progressive policies, trade agreements -- such as the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- curtail their abilities to redistribute income and legislate for the common interest. These deals are vectors of inequality.
03/31/2017 02:50 EDT
Trade Doesn't Scare Populists Like Us, But Plutocracy

Trade Doesn't Scare Populists Like Us, But Plutocracy Does

Trade is not something we are afraid of. It is not something we oppose. But we are afraid of the sorts of rules contained within trade agreements that establish more rights for corporations. Agreements like CETA and the TPP are pushing the world in the wrong direction.
10/04/2016 02:26 EDT
From NAFTA to TPP, Canada Hasn't Learned From Free Trade

From NAFTA to TPP, Canada Hasn't Learned From Free Trade Mistakes

Many of the promises -- increased productivity, more jobs, more money in our pockets -- have simply not come true. This is ironic because, as free trade agreements become toxic all over the world, Canada, a country bound by a long-standing trade deal, has not had a comprehensive debate on the proposed CETA (trans-Atlantic) or TPP (trans-Pacific) agreements.
09/06/2016 02:52 EDT
5 Economic Reasons To Diss The Trans-Pacific

5 Economic Reasons To Diss The Trans-Pacific Partnership

We hear often that Canada is a trading nation and that, without trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, we will lose access to 800 million consumers and 40 per cent of the world economy.
06/07/2016 01:19 EDT
Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything

Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.
03/29/2016 10:38 EDT
There Is A Reason The Right Wing Is Attacking Free

There Is A Reason The Right Wing Is Attacking Free Trade

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.
03/28/2016 12:33 EDT
The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's

The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's Wealthiest

The world's top one per cent own more than 50 per cent of the world's wealth. The ability to make policy and to enforce it at the national level is essential to combat the slide towards plutocracy, under which society is controlled by the wealthiest citizens. Mr. Obama and Ms. Freeland, please listen to your own rhetoric. Pull the plug on the TPP and CETA.
01/20/2016 11:59 EST
The TPP Erodes Public Policy To Benefit The World's

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

[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?
01/18/2016 05:39 EST
Trade Trumps Climate Change Action At

Trade Trumps Climate Change Action At COP21

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.
12/11/2015 04:21 EST
Europeans Have The Power To Defeat

Europeans Have The Power To Defeat CETA

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.
12/02/2015 04:25 EST
I Saw How Europeans Came Together In The Aftermath Of

I Saw How Europeans Came Together In The Aftermath Of Paris

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.
11/23/2015 12:50 EST
CETA: The Canadian People's Voice In

CETA: The Canadian People's Voice In Europe

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.
11/01/2015 04:56 EST
Progressive Canadian Voters Support Changes to Trade

Progressive Canadian Voters Support Changes to Trade Deals

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.
09/18/2015 08:09 EDT
Maude Barlow in Conversation with German Chancellor Angela

Maude Barlow in Conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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.
04/21/2015 11:48 EDT
Hey Harper, What's Your Excuse for Missing the UN Climate

Hey Harper, What's Your Excuse for Missing the UN Climate Summit?

While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced he will not be among the 125 heads of states attending the UN Secretary General's Climate summit, the Council of Canadians and Ottawa residents challenge him to join the caravan from Ottawa heading to New York City's global climate march on Sunday.
09/18/2014 05:43 EDT