Campaign Launched to Oppose Secret Trade Deal Ahead of Summit
Canada NewsWire - Jun 28 08:00 EDT
OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadians United for Change (CUC) has launched a new digital advertising campaign to highlight serious problems in the secretly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ahead of the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa this week.
The group, which formed last year to help oust the Conservative government in the Federal Election, began advertising this week in opposition to what it describes as "a secret deal negotiated by Stephen Harper that could cost Canada approximately 58,000 jobs."
The campaign's webpage and petition calls on the new Liberal government to take the lead "by creating jobs and rejecting, once and for all, the discredited policies of the Stephen Harper years."
The secret trade agreement, which can't be amended by Parliament, contains multiple secret side-agreements that are only now coming to light.
According to the terms of one secret side-agreement, foreign companies will be able to bid on significant procurement projects in Canada. These same foreign companies will be able to import their own less trained and cheaper workers. That means foreign companies could bid on a Canadian project, and bring in a workforce that is nearly 100% foreign, denying work to better qualified Canadians.
Labour unions and other Canadians have opposed the secret deal because TPP kills Canadian jobs and skews benefits to large corporate interests, while leaving workers to bear the brunt of the pact's shortcomings, including lost jobs, lower wages and continued repression of worker rights.
The TPP is certain to be on the agenda when the "Three Amigos" meet this week. The ad campaign will run in Ottawa through the week before expanding into other Canadian media markets.