The TPP and the cost of drugs

Today WikiLeaks posted the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) intellectual property chapter hammered out at the TPP ministerial meeting in Atlanta last weekend. While the chapter is not as bad as previous leaked drafts, and falls short of the most extreme demands from the brand-name drug industry and…
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What’s the big deal? The high stakes of TPP

Conservative Trade Minister Ed Fast flies to Atlanta this week to continue talks on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the largest and most important free trade agreements ever negotiated. A deal is no foregone conclusion—negotiators have already missed several deadlines—but expectations are high that this week’s meetings in…
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CETA: A Bad Trade for Women

In September the federal government triumphantly announced the conclusion of the Canada-European Union Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Again. The government boasts that CETA will benefit all Canadians, bringing $12 billion annually to the economy. Generous projections aside, does the government even know how the agreement will affect Canadian men and…
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Protection for our cheeses or protection from the Taliban?

In times like ours of accelerated islamization in Québec, we cannot possibly ask the government to do everything. Of course, in an ideal world, it would worry about the consequences of the pipeline through which Enbridge will transport dirty oil across Québec and it would put an end to austerity…
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Wordsmithing 80,000 Jobs

The recent federal throne speech stated, “The Government will soon complete negotiations on a comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union [CETA]. This agreement has the potential to create 80,000 new Canadian jobs.” There has since been a subtle but important shift in the government’s wording around that…
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Canada’s Trade Deficit with the EU Doubles

On Wednesday’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange (video), I debunked the claim that the trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU) will create 80,000 Canadian jobs. The conservative panelists did not even try to defend this figure. As Jim Stanford has previously explained, the government’s model assumes full employment…
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