The Government of Canada has just signed the finalised Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), initiating a two year period for ratification.
The TPP had been drafted without consultation with the Canadian electorate, yet the agreement will profoundly impact Canadian society.
Our Minister of International Trade has invited Canadians to read the text of the deal. However, the document is very long and hard for the average Canadian to interpret.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Task the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to do a thorough analysis of the TPP document, including but not restricted to the following lines of enquiry:
a) Assess the impact of the TPP in terms of jobs gained versus jobs lost; and more specifically, whether cost savings (to Canadian consumers) on foreign dairy products will offset the expenses of announced payouts to dairy farmers;
b) Assess the impact of increased copyright terms on the cost of medication and knock-on effects on health care; and their impacts, for students and other researchers, on the costs of accessing previously published works;
c) Provide an approximate estimate of the impacts of potential Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claims on Canada's finances and whether these costs would be balanced out by foreseeable gains; and,
d) Estimate the likely financial cost of the TPP for Canadian society.
2. Make the PBO's analysis available to all MPs and instruct the MPs to conduct constituency-wide consultations with the electorate. Members should be given ample time, within the 2 year ratification period, to canvass their electorate.
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