Citizen Action Monitor

“The Great CETA Swindle” — Now playing in Ottawa

Adapted by Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland from an original scheme by Stephen Harper & his Corporate Elites.

No 1828 Posted by fw, November 20, 2016

With a fast-approaching European Parliament vote on the EU-Canada trade deal CETA and potential subsequent rows over its ratification in EU member states, it continues to draw heavy criticism. A close look at the text of the agreement – and recent declarations designed to reassure critics and gain support for its ratification – shows that concerns over this trade deal in particular are well-founded. Behind the PR attempts by the Canadian Government and the European Commission to sell it as a progressive agreement, CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment. It would be a major mistake to ratify it.Corporate Europe Observatory

CETA’s Pinocchio Effect

CETA’s Pinocchio Effect

I was going to title this post ‘The Great CETA Swindle’ – Now playing in Ottawa to crowds of protesters” but Googling the keywords — CETA protests in Canada – returned abundant results about huge protests all over Europe, but scornfully poor results for Canada. Draw your own conclusions.

The above italicized passage is excerpted from the opening to a 16-page brief by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an NGO dedicated to “exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU”. The remainder of the opening text appears below as an introduction to CEO’s brief.

Readers are invited to –

Read the full report to see through the many swindles, which CETA supporters are currently engaged in, in order to win support for what is actually a major assault on democracy, workers, and the environment:

  • Swindle #1: CETA protects workers’ rights
  • Swindle #2: CETA is a good deal for the environment
  • Swindle #3: CETA’s investor rights safeguard the right to regulate to protect the environment, health and other public interests
  • Swindle #4: CETA protects public services like healthcare and water
  • Swindle #5: CETA establishes an independent court to settle investor-state disputes
  • Swindle #6: CETA will uphold standards to protect people and the environment

The full 16-page report is available here as an attached file great-ceta-swindle.pdf

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The CETA Swindle: EU Vote Will Attack Democracy, Workers Rights And Environment by Corporate Europe Observatory, published by TruePublica.org UK, November 18, 2016

With a fast-approaching European Parliament vote on the EU-Canada trade deal CETA and potential subsequent rows over its ratification in EU member states, it continues to draw heavy criticism. A close look at the text of the agreement – and recent declarations designed to reassure critics and gain support for its ratification – shows that concerns over this trade deal in particular are well-founded. Behind the PR attempts by the Canadian Government and the European Commission to sell it as a progressive agreement, CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment. It would be a major mistake to ratify it.

On both sides of the Atlantic, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada is hugely controversial. A record 3.3 million people across Europe signed a petition against CETA and its twin agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). European and Canadian trade unions, as well as consumer, environmental and public health groups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) reject the agreement. Constitutional challenges against CETA have been filed in Germany and Canada and the compatibility of CETA’s controversial privileges for foreign investors with EU law is likely to be judged by the European Court of Justice.

The controversy has also reached governments and parliaments. Across Europe, more than 2,100 local and regional governments have declared themselves TTIP/CETA free zones, often in cross-party resolutions. National and regional parliaments, too, worry about CETA, for example in Belgium, France, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Netherlands. In October 2016, concerns in four sub-federal Belgian governments (led by Wallonia) over the agreement’s negative impacts, and in particular its dangerous privileges for foreign investors, nearly stopped the federal government from approving the signing of CETA.

Over the past months, to salvage CETA’s ratification process, European and Canadian trade officials have gone into a massive propaganda mode. They have framed CETA as “a very progressive trade agreement” (European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström) which will “shape globalization” along the principles of “fair trade” and in the interest of workers (Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier).

The latest PR move of the CETA supporters is a multitude of 39 declarations and statements accompanying the text of the agreement. These texts are designed to alleviate concerns amongst Social Democrats, trade unions, and the wider public who fear that CETA threatens public services, labour and environmental standards and undermines governments’ right to regulate in the public interest. But in fact, the declarations do nothing to fix CETA’s flaws.

Read the full report to see through the many swindles, which CETA supporters are currently engaged in, in order to win support for what is actually a major assault on democracy, workers, and the environment:

Swindle #1: CETA protects workers’ rights

Swindle #2: CETA is a good deal for the environment

Swindle #3: CETA’s investor rights safeguard the right to regulate to protect the environment, health and other public interests

Swindle #4: CETA protects public services like healthcare and water

Swindle #5: CETA establishes an independent court to settle investor-state disputes

Swindle #6: CETA will uphold standards to protect people and the environment

Full report: The great CETA swindle great-ceta-swindle.pdf  or click on this link: https://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/great-ceta-swindle.pdf

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