A letter to my MP, Mark Holland, re the TPP.

Mark Holland

Hill Office
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mark.

First of all, I am very relieved that 55.7% of voters in Ajax decided to reelect you. Congratulations.

Lots of the evil that the CPC did will be easy to fix, and some of it not so. It is simple to unmuzzle scientists and government employees. It is hard to replace destroyed libraries and the lost research they housed. One thing that will be quite difficult is dealing with the CPC’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

I want to be absolutely clear here. I oppose the TPP. This is a position I share, as far as I know, with everyone I know. While, in conversation, people have said that they are also concerned about the possible penalties for not passing the TPP into law, I have not heard anyone say they think its many sinister corporatist provisions will make the lives of most Canadians better.

The agreement is full of traps for ordinary Canadians. For example, changes to copyright will make using my iPod to play my CDs illegal. This may seem trivial. But being forced to rebuy 471 albums would cost me thousands of dollars. This appears to be a typical abuse of the trade agreement to impose changes that only pump money faster to the few percent of people who control corporations. The Liberal party ran a campaign based on the idea that inequity was an iniquity, that the richest should pay more, and that the economy should not be stacked in the favour of a tiny minority. The TPP contains many provisions intended to exacerbate inequity by allowing corporations to act in ever more exploitative ways to benefit the relatively few people who own them.

I cannot believe you do not understand this and other problems with the TPP. However I will quote Pete Dolack in his article for counterpunch shared by Government for all Canadians, not just the wealthy:

The TPP, if enacted, promises a race to the bottom: An acceleration of jobs to the countries with the lowest wages, the right of multi-national corporations to veto any law or regulation their executives do not like, the end of your right to know what is in your food, higher prices for medicines, and the subordination of Internet privacy to corporate interests. There is a reason it has been negotiated in secret, with only corporate executives and industry lobbyists consulted and allowed to see the text as it took shape.

In its thousands of pages, the TPP must contain some valuable undertakings for trade. However it has become a vehicle for covert negotiation of constraints Canadians and our government will regret for decades. It is in effect Stephen Harpers’ last omnibus bill, cloaking provisions no one should ever agree to.

I will be deeply ashamed if your government passes the TPP into law. I, like most Canadians am well fed up with being ashamed of my government. Please do not disappoint us.

Thank you for your time.

Dave McKay

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