Policy number:
2016-1-1
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the current model of international trade and investment treaties affords extraordinary rights to private investors and multinational corporations, often undermining the democratic decision-making authority of citizens and governments, and

WHEREAS Canada’s involvement in such treaties have had a negative effect on our nation’s trade and economic performance, and have also lead to Canada being the most sued developed country by private investors under dispute settlement tribunals, and

WHEREAS the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated by the former Harper government and signed by Canada and 11 other nations in February 2016, is the latest and largest of
neo-liberal trade and investment treaties, that will re-write the rules on trade under NAFTA, reform intellectual property laws and digital policy, and undermine our ability to regulate in the public interest, among other concerns, and

WHEREAS studies show the economic impact of the TPP on Canada will be negative, or at best negligible – further eroding Canada’s overall trade performance; and the proposed terms of the TPP will have an effect on Unifor members across a range of economic sectors, including auto, dairy processing, air transport, telecommunications, media and others; and

WHEREAS Federal Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has stated publicly that she will consult with Canadians on the TPP before putting the deal to a ratification vote in the House of Commons (no later than February 2018) and that the deal, as it stands, is non-negotiable.

Policy:
That National Pensioners Federation undertake a national campaign on the TPP, with the goal of influencing Members of Parliament not to ratify the deal as proposed and to promote an alternative vision for a fair trade agenda in Canada, and that through this campaign NPF will engage with activists, local leadership and interested members across the country, encouraging them to play a leading role in this campaign at the community level, and that NPF will work in close collaboration with both traditional and non-traditional allies, both nationally and internationally, to stop the ratification of TPP.

Section:
Additional policies