No 1576 Posted by fw, January 25, 2016
On January 12, Minister Freeland said, “Canada hasn’t yet taken a decision” on the TPP. Today, she said Canada will sign the agreement, but apparently declined to give a reason for taking the first big step towards ratification. Trudeau’s pledge for an “open and transparent” government is beginning to look very selective — We will be open and transparent until we won’t.
While you’re in a petition-signing mode, please read and sign the excellent letter from the Council of Canadians, referenced at the end of this post
Below is a copy of an email received today from Open Media. Please read and sign the message to the Minster.
The 12 TPP nations are planning to meet in less than two weeks to sign the final agreement. If they sign, we begin the final countdown before this extreme deal becomes law. We urgently need Trade Ministers from all 12 nations to hear from us today.
***** Here’s the letter Open Media is asking you to sign *****
Dear Trade Minister:
Internet users from across the globe are asking you not to sign the TPP.
We know that this agreement will trade away our digital future. Instead of learning and evolving with new technology and aiming to make better digital policies in the future, the TPP will lock us into the digital stone age, forever beholden to rules set by others.
We’re asking you: please do not sign the TPP.
If Canada signs the TPP, we will enter the final phase before the agreement becomes law, and locks us into an extreme Internet censorship pact that will overwrite our national laws and restrict how we innovate and share culture online.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the TPP becomes law, it will censor the Web and criminalize our online activities. Enough is enough.
With only days to go, this is our moment to speak out. Join us in calling on Trade Ministers not to sign the TPP before it’s too late.
If you weren’t suspicious of the TPP’s sketchy process already, media outlets are reporting that Japan’s chief TPP negotiator has been accused of taking a bribe of over $100,000 while he was negotiating this secretive agreement.
If these allegations are true, it not only calls the whole process into question, but also underlines the dangers of agreeing to something negotiated under such a cloak of extreme secrecy.
Reject secrecy, and tell your Trade Minister today: do not sign the TPP.
We know that this agreement was tailored to suit the needs of huge media conglomerates, who have enjoyed a cozy relationship with the U.S. Trade Representative since before negotiations began in earnest.
Put simply, we knew something was wrong when the MPAA and RIAA said they were excited to read the final copy of the TPP. Just look at the imbalance: all the rules that coddle Big Media are binding, and all of the protections for Internet users are merely suggestions.
Here’s the bottom line: the TPP will lock Internet users into a digital stone age, making us forever beholden to rules set by media giants scared of the potential of new technologies. It will curtail our freedom of expression and censor the Web.
Our path is simple – if we don’t sign, we don’t ratify. They want people to think it’s inevitable, but we haven’t even been consulted yet. That’s why we need to show just how many people oppose this costly and irresponsible deal.
Let’s close the door on the TPP.
Meghan, on behalf of your OpenMedia team
PS: Want to help fund this tool and more like it to fight the TPP? Chip in today.
Send your letter now! Let’s have real public consultations on the TPP, Letter sponsored by Council of Canadians calls on government to “conduct a comprehensive and independent analysis of the TPP text. Among other things, the analysis must assess the deal’s impact on human rights, health, employment, environment and democracy.”
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