Today I received an email from Ryan Spero representing the Liberal Party of Canada in response to a previous email I sent opposing the TPP. The response was unsatisfactory. So, here for all is my reply with his email appended.
I would be particularly unobservant not to have noticed that while free trade advocates talk a lot about growing Canadian businesses and creating well-paying jobs, what we have inevitably gotten from free trade is the disappearance of domestic manufacturing, the disappearance of well-paying secure jobs, and wage depression.
More disgustingly the only thing that is meant by “provide choice and lower prices to Canadian consumers” is that corporations are free to exploit inequities between discrete isolated economies, to outsource work to low wage workers, to cut their costs and increase their profits. I work in the publishing industry. I am a highly skilled professional. And yet I am severely underemployed specifically because companies are allowed to take the work I used to be well payed for and get it done for 2$/h, badly, by exploited workers in India. There can be no happy face put on this.
Moreover “a full and open public debate in Parliament” with a majority government sitting, does not in any way “ensure Canadians are consulted on this historic trade agreement.” The negotiations are closed on the TPP. You cannot rewrite it. If you pass the TPP it will be in the form badly and secretly negotiated by representatives of the 99 CPC sitting opposite.
Supporters of massive trade agreements talk as though there has never yet been trade between the involved countries, that without effectively handing the regulation of trade over to the corporations being regulated we would never export or import anything again. And this is a nonsense. The reason interested parties advance these sweeping omnibus agreements is that all the evils of deregulation can be secreted within the impenetrable forest of legalese.
If you want to grow the Canadian economy you have to find ways of rebuilding wealth-generating industries on the desolate foundations of the factories we have torn down and abandoned all over Canada since the original PC Free Trade agreement was signed. Passing the TPP into law will not achieve this in any way.
On 2015/12/17 11:34, Ryan Spero (Info Liberal) wrote:
Ryan Spero (Liberal / Assistance)
Dec 17, 11:34
Thank you for writing to the Liberal Party of Canada regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The Liberal Party of Canada strongly supports free trade, as this is how we open markets to Canadian goods and services, grow Canadian businesses, create good-paying jobs, and provide choice and lower prices to Canadian consumers.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership stands to remove trade barriers, widely expand free trade for Canada, and increase opportunities for our middle class and those working hard to join it. Liberals will take a responsible approach to thoroughly examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The former Conservative government failed to be transparent through the entirety of the negotiations – especially in regards to what Canada is conceding in order to be accepted into this partnership. We have an obligation to be open and honest about the negotiation process, including informing Canadians about the impact this agreement will have on different industries across our country. We must defend Canadian interests during the TPP’s ratification process – which includes defending supply management, our auto sector, and Canadian manufacturers across the country.
Under Liberal leadership, our government will hold a full and open public debate in Parliament to ensure Canadians are consulted on this historic trade agreement.
The Conservatives had a trade deficit for more than 50 months and they have tallied the largest trade deficit in Canadian history. Our government remains committed in ensuring that, with respect to international trade agreements, middle class Canadians will benefit and are informed about the implications of such agreements.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your concerns with us on this important economic initiative.
Liberal Party of Canada