Stephen Harper is hastily negotiating a top secret global pact that would give corporations the right to sue Canadian governments for billions -- just for passing laws that protect our health and the environment.
Harper wants us to believe that the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is all about getting a better deal for Canadians, but the truth is the pact could end up being one of the biggest corporate power grabs in a generation.
But trade experts around the world are saying the talks are in trouble, and people are starting to realize that this deal is bad for Canadians. Together, we're starting to win.
Trade ministers are meeting in Singapore right now to try and get the talks back on track. If we can reach 100,000 Canadians against the TPP, we'll hand-deliver our voices directly to Harper’s TPP negotiators. Can you add your name now so they hear our message loud and clear?
Experts say the TPP negotiations are being conducted with a level of secrecy never witnessed before in any previous trade agreement. The 29-chapter megapact covers everything from weakening environmental protections to restricting internet freedoms and making it illegal for farmers to save seeds. But that’s not the worst of it. One of the key parts of the deal is a system that will allow the world’s biggest companies to overturn our democratically decided laws in secret and unaccountable courts outside the justice system.
Already, corporations are playing Russian roulette with our laws. Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining giant, is threatening a $1 billion lawsuit against Costa Rica for rejecting a toxic, open-pit gold mine after massive protests from local citizens. And U.S. pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is suing Canada for half a billion dollars for allowing other companies to make generic affordable versions of two of its drugs after their patents had expired.
If the TPP goes ahead, this will be our reality every day. Canada will be at risk every time a current or future government tries to do right by us, and each time profit-seeking corporation with a grudge comes looking it will be taxpaying Canadians that foot the bill.
Harper is refusing to make the deal public -- instead he’s giving 600 corporate lobbyists the privilege. But leaks so far indicate this deal is bad news. That’s why Harper wants it to stay confidential -- if people actually knew what was in this secretive deal, they’d never agree to it. Right now, there are massive internal divisions that could derail the talks for good-- and that’s why we need to act now.
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