Submission on the TPP to the Standing Committee on International Trade [Common Frontiers Canada, Author Janet M Eaton, PhD, Aug 26 2016]
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August 26, 2016
Common Frontier’s Submission on the TPP to the Standing Committee on International Trade
Author: Janet M Eaton, PhD,
Contributors: Rick Arnold, Raul Burbano
Executive Summary
This brief questions the rationale behind the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its associated investor rights agreement and goes on to point out how it will adversely impact various sectors including the industries where Canadians still find good jobs in agriculture, the auto industry, IP and the public sector all of which risk being diminished by this agreement. It also expresses concerns for the way in which the TPP negotiators are writing rules for a global governance system which gives corporate interests preeminence over national government’s responsibility to legislate on behalf of its peoples and over International Law and Human rights upon which a democratic and stable world is predicated. We fear that sovereignty, democracy, and our judicial system will be diminished under the TPP and that the laws and regulations that protect Canadians and our public services, health, education, and environment will be further eroded.

Common Frontiers views the issues stemming from the TPP and other mega-trade agreements, TTIP, CETA and TISA, within the broader context of Neoliberalism under which free trade agreements are one of several tools, which seek to shift power away from governments and toward the corporate sector, along with de-regulation, privatization, and elimination of public services through smaller government. We submit that Neoliberalism is broadly recognized as flawed and failing.

We recommend against signing the TPP and offer suggestions for designing a trade system that works for a sustainable 21st Century.

We believe a paradigm shift from the current global economic model is imperative in order to mitigate the threats of economic and ecological collapse. Common Frontiers has been concerned for many years with the root causes of global economic failure and in that context has explored the notion of planned ‘Degrowth’ and other economic/cultural models such as ‘buen vivir’ that have a reduced ecological footprint.

The full set of recommendations are found in a separate section at the end of this brief.

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About janetmeaton10

* Janet M Eaton is an independent researcher, activist, public educator who has taught part-time in several Nova Scotia’s universities most recently at Acadia University in Political Science and Environment and Sustainability. She has served as a consultant to national NGOs , conducted workshops on Paradigms and Paradigm Shifts for provincial and municipal level governments ; has been a leader in the Environment and Peace Movements co-founding a white arm band campaign that went national to try to stop the war on Iraq, was head of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace where she served as a UN rep to the Women’s commission at the UN. She was Sierra Club Canada’s international rep on Water privatization and Corporate Accountability attending the World Social Forum in Brazil. In 2006- 7 she served as Trade Critic in he shadow cabinet of the Green Party of Canada. She is presently the Trade & Environment critic for Sierra Club Canada as well as their rep on the national Trade Justice Network opposing Free Trade Agreements, and Common Frontiers that works in solidarity with South American social democratic countries. She was also a founding board member of the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council. She considers herself a systemic change agent and has recently completed a 12 week intensive online course for "Agents of Conscious Evolution" to become a leader in the field of evolutionary systems theory and is working on a book : Beyond Collapse: Reframing our World. Janet has a PhD in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University but for more than a decade has been involved with the anti-corporate globalization movement and researching and teaching about political and economic failures and alternatives. Before that she worked in the field of Community Education and Community Economic Development at Dalhousie University and before that a number of other things including marine biology. She has two daughters, one an endangered species biologist with Environment Canada and the other an artist and teacher and four grandchildren.
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