Citizen Action Monitor

Arrogant Minister Freeland misses the point — CETA is way out-of-step with public opinion

Her narrow focus on the political ignores citizen concerns over a deal that prioritizes corporate interests. No 1806 Posted by fw, October 22, 2016 “Yet to focus exclusively on the political … Continue reading

October 22, 2016

Seven years into CETA negotiations, Canadian officials continue to claim they are close to sealing the deal

“…full implementation of CETA will take years, not months,” says Michael Geist. No 1726 Posted by fw, July 14, 2016 “[W]ith rising opposition to trade agreements, the fallout from Brexit, and … Continue reading

July 14, 2016

Toronto TPP Town Hall event — remarkable passion and enthusiasm for public engagement on display

The audience was knowledgeable, citing specific issues and their potential impact. No 1705 Posted by fw, June 17, 2016 “The event ran nearly 2 1/2 hours with dozens of speakers from … Continue reading

June 17, 2016

Michael Geist proposes Plan B, a bi-lateral trade option, as a preferred alternative to TPP

Ecological economist Bill Rees has another option, call it Plan C, Degrowth, that I think should not be overlooked. No 1682 Posted by fw, May 25. 2016 First, Michael’s Plan B … Continue reading

May 25, 2016

TPP is “a bad deal that should be renegotiated or rejected and trade alternatives pursued”, says Michael Geist

At his appearance before the Commons Trade Committee, Geist noted: “…the US maintains that it gets to decide for Canada how to ratify the agreement”. No 1665 Posted by fw, May … Continue reading

May 7, 2016

“The more I dug into the TPP, the more trouble I found” – Michael Geist

Over a 50-day period, Geist has built a strong case against TPP ratification. No 1615 Posted by fw, March 15, 2016 “Nearly two-and-a-half months ago, I started a daily examination of … Continue reading

March 15, 2016

Canadian Chamber of Commerce stupidly calls on Trudeau government to move quickly to ratify TPP

That’s ‘stupidity’, says Michael Geist, because TPP cannot take effect until both US and Japan are on board. No 1614 Posted by fw, March 14, 2016 “The U.S. opposition makes it … Continue reading

March 14, 2016

By ratifying TPP, Team Trudeau would saddle Canadians with higher drug prices, warns Michael Geist

Canadians could see increased drug costs of between $850 million and $1.6 billion annually under TPP. No 1570 Posted by fw, January 20, 2016 “The TPP patent provision changes are … Continue reading

January 20, 2016

Legal expert Michael Geist shares his concerns about the TPP agreement

Right now “we just don’t know enough to know whether or not this [TPP] makes any sense” No 1541 Posted by fw, December 15, 2015 “In the world of cultural … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

The difference between signing and ratifying TPP is like the difference between dating and marriage

Ratification would require Canada to amend a wide variety of laws to ensure that it is compliant with TPP requirements. No 1535 Posted by fw, December 9, 2015 “It should … Continue reading

December 9, 2015