Dear Minister Champagne,
I am writing you because I am very concerned about the federal government pursuing TPP-11 negotiations despite the huge opposition Canadians expressed towards the original Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal over the past five years. The withdrawal of the U.S. from the deal does not change the damaging effects of this deal, as some of the original, most controversial provisions are likely to remain untouched in the text and do not reflect Canadians’ best interests.
Some of the issues I am deeply concerned about are:
The TPP’s restrictive copyright rules:
These could jeopardize our robust, uniquely Canadian and even exemplary policies in the areas of intellectual property and digital trade to match them with lower standards. A concrete example of this is the extension of our current copyright terms from the international standard of life of the author plus an additional 50 years to life of the author plus an additional 70 years. This will rob our public domain, restrict our access to knowledge and information, and cost our economy over $400 million annually.
ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement):
I refuse to give private corporations the power to sue our government for Canadian laws that don’t fit their business interests and threaten the public interest. Plus, the cost of the government defending itself in these unaccountable tribunals will be inevitably absorbed by taxpayers.
Signing TPP-11 will strike a major blow on Canadian democracy:
It will only further erode Canadians’ trust in public institutions, especially given how strongly opposed we’ve been to this deal since the very beginning.
At this point, the TPP is politically toxic and vastly opposed to by the Canadian public: There is no justification for the government to pursue negotiations, even without the U.S. Please, formally withdraw Canada from TPP-11 immediately.
Nearly 30,000 citizens expressed their concerns and opposition to the original TPP in OpenMedia’s Let’s Talk TPP Citizens Report: https://openmedia.org/TPPCitizensReport. I urge you to once again, reconsider the three main recommendations from this crowdsourced analysis of the previous consultation: formally withdraw from the TPP, implement real transparency and embrace multi-stakeholder engagement.