Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Does the “Secretive” Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Undermine National Sovereignty?

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement….TPP raises significant concerns about citizens’ freedom of expression, due process, innovation, the future of the Internet’s global infrastructure, and the right of sovereign nations to develop policies and laws that best meet their domestic priorities.” [1]

Surely, the “domestic priorities” of any country should be the welfare of its people. Yet, there are numerous articles available that state the TPP is a danger to national sovereignty and is being negotiated in secret. One has to ask the question: If it is such a good deal, why all the secrecy?
Still they have a way of making these deals sound nice and palatable, using words like “partnership” and in the USA ,Canada and Mexico deal “integration” is the word used, as is, “beyond borders” [2] all designed to baffle and fool the masses into believing that this is all for their benefit. The nice sounding language is thought up by their “strategists” and “marketing experts” of the corporate world some of whom work for multi-national corporate strategy firms. You can see some of these “experts” and “strategists” on political shows on TV giggling, sniggering, laughing and talking with the host as they spread their BS across the land. Government is a great source of tax-payers dollars and a profitable business for some of these propagandists. Manipulating the masses is the name of the political game and national sovereignty is easily dismissed.

“Member countries will sacrifice national sovereignty. Their laws, regulations and rights will be subordinated to TPP rules….” [3]

Who is behind these “rules” that will “sacrifice national sovereignty?”

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is also expected to grant banks and other transnational corporations the power to challenge any laws, regulations and even court decisions that they believe violate the FTA through international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems. Under these “regulatory takings” cases, countries would be forced to change their policies and/or pay stiff penalties to the aggrieved corporations.” [4]

One has to ask will supposedly free peoples allow these multi-national corporate elites to takeover their countries, and why are the puppet politicians involved in these “secret negotiations that could endanger national sovereignty?  Could this be called political treason? Or is the subterfuge described as “creating jobs?”

 Lost jobs have been in the news lately where employees at the Royal Bank of Canada {RBC) are to be replaced by foreign workers and in some cases: “The new people are in our offices and we are training them to do our jobs. That adds insult to injury.”
And according to another news report other banks are doing the same thing.
But it is not only banks that are bringing in foreign workers. A mining company in B.C is also bringing in Chinese workers.

The above information is just some examples of what is happening inside our country today. Still, the Harper government has formed a “strategic partnership” [5] with the communist government of China. Therefore one wonders does “strategic partnership” include that country’s workers?

Could the examples shown above be a template for what is to come when this “secretive” TPP comes into being. Will ordinary people be herded like cattle into accepting the conditions of multi-national corporations? Will all the health and safety standard go out the window? Will pension plans and old age security become a thing of the past? Will lower wages be the norm as people from all these different and some poorer countries “compete” for a slice of the corporate pie? Still, the politicians who make all these deals will be okay. When they leave public office some of them finish up on corporate boards. They have big pensions courtesy of the taxpayers, and the taxpayers are left holding the empty bag if their economies are looted in the name of “free enterprise” and “strategic partnerships.” Still, let the corporate “marketplace” decide and to hell with national sovereignty seems to be the plan aided and abetted by puppet politicians.

Stephen J. Gray
April 10, 2013.


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