The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canada

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canada

Lorimer | October 1, 2016 | 224 pages

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the latest international investment and trade deal that Ottawa has signed on to. But with almost two years to the January 2018 deadline to ratify its signature, the Trudeau government has enabled and encouraged public debate about whether the TPP is right for Canada. Pushing to get ratification in the US, President Obama has boasted that the TPP is a made-in-America deal. “"TPP allows America -- and not countries like China -- to write the rules of the road in the twenty-first century,"” Obama has said. But is what is good for the US good for Canada? In this book, experts in a dozen important areas set out the good, the bad and the ugly in this deal. Many of the key elements of the deal have received no media coverage. The contributors review every major component. They cover the impact on environmental protection, on Canadian health care, on cultural industries, on labour rights, migrant workers and human rights. The impact on local governments wanting to make buy-local decisions is explored. So is the deal's contribution to giving multinational corporations super-rights over government policies and decisions. Much of the public commentary on the TPP deal has come from people with a vested interest to promote the deal because it will benefit their industry or their professional practice. The contributors to this book are subject experts drawn from the academic world, from the labour movement and from NGOs. They offer the only available independent assessment -- a balanced and nuanced account of the benefits and costs of the TPP.

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ISBN: 9781459411807
$22.95

		

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