No 1522 Posted by fw, November 21, 2015
“There is little doubt that Trudeau will soon give Obama what he wants in regards to the TPP. Apart from sections of the auto industry, Canadian big business is strongly behind the agreement as it is eager to gain access to Japanese markets and expand its presence in Southeast Asia, a region rich in natural resources and cheap labour. Significantly, Trudeau has announced that he will not allow a ‘free vote’ on the TPP, making its passage a foregone conclusion after it has been approved by cabinet.” —Roger Jordan, World Socialist Web Site
It’s too bad that Jordan does not cite the sources of the Trudeau-TPP prediction made in his recent article, part of which is excerpted below.
On a related note, Press Progress is also implying that Canadians are getting mixed TPP messages from Trudeau regarding his promises for a “full and open” consultation process. The article begins: “What the heck is going on with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?” When asked to clarify, Trudeau said:
“We look forward to hearing from Canadians about the concerns that they may have but also about the great opportunities that no doubt come with a deal with this and we’re going to fulfill our obligations and remain resolute in being a pro-trade party.”
Little wonder Canadians are perplexed.
Returning to Roger Jordan’s un-cited claims, make of them what you will. To read his entire piece, click on the following linked title. Below is the excerpted portion related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Obama left no doubt that he expects Canada to rapidly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment deal. “We are both soon to be signatories to the TPP agreement,” Obama told the leaders’ joint press conference. “I know Justin has to agree with what’s happened, but we think that after that process has taken place, Canada, the United States and the other countries that are here can establish the high standards agreement that protects labour, protects the environment, protects the kind of high value-added goods and services that we both excel in.”
Obama’s rhetoric is a sham. The 12-country pact is the economic arm of Washington’s “Pivot to Asia,” a comprehensive military-strategic, diplomatic and economic drive to encircle, isolate, and prepare for war against China. Just before the APEC summit, Obama announced $250 million in additional maritime military aid to the South China Sea states that Washington has been inciting to press their territorial claims against Beijing.
Canada is deeply implicated in the “Pivot.” In late 2013, the Harper government struck a secret agreement with Washington for enhanced Canada-US military cooperation in the Asian Pacific. Canada has also been strengthening its military-security cooperation with US allies in the region, including by seeking to establish new forward military bases in Singapore and South Korea.
Trudeau and Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland have repeatedly proclaimed their support for “free trade.” However, for political reasons they have yet to endorse the TPP agreement, which was negotiated in secret by the Harper government in the midst of the just-concluded election campaign.
There is little doubt that Trudeau will soon give Obama what he wants in regards to the TPP. Apart from sections of the auto industry, Canadian big business is strongly behind the agreement as it is eager to gain access to Japanese markets and expand its presence in Southeast Asia, a region rich in natural resources and cheap labour. Significantly, Trudeau has announced that he will not allow a “free vote” on the TPP, making its passage a foregone conclusion after it has been approved by cabinet.
According to Philippine media reports, Trudeau pledged in a meeting with the country’s President, Benigno Aquino, that he would assist the Philippines to join the TPP, a clear indication that Canada’s position on the deal is already decided.
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