From Watchdog, an American-based citizens group
Posted July 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – While ‘bad trade deals’ that kill decent-paying jobs is a huge issue in this U.S. election year, the amount of apathy among Canadians – with a few exceptions like Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians – over the possibility that the new Trudeau government could sign a TPP trade deal the former Harper government played a role in negotiating is breathtaking.
However, if American citizens can defeat the TPP, it will make it harder for Trudeau to follow through on it since, as we know, Canada often follows the lead of the U.S. when it comes to global trade issues anyway.
That is why I encourage my fellow Canadians to support our American neighbours in killing this deal.)
Hillary Clinton opposes the TPP. Bernie Sanders opposes the TPP. Most Democrats in Congress oppose the TPP. So why did the delegates to the Democratic National Convention just block opposition to the TPP in the party platform?1
This is proof positive that corporations and lobbyists still hold massive sway in the Democratic Party. And we know they’re going to cash in every ounce of influence they have pushing to ratify the TPP in Congress before the end of the year.
To stop the TPP and raise awareness about how bad this deal really is, we’re organizing a concert series called “Rock Against the TPP” with Tom Morello from the band Rage Against the Machine.2
Will you chip in to help bring the tour to as many cities around the country as possible? Yes, I’ll chip in to help stop the TPP.
The TPP is an awful trade deal that threatens Net Neutrality, ends protections against Wall Street recklessness, and allows corporations to sue the U.S. government in secret tribunals to overturn laws passed by Congress.
That’s why Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and even Donald Trump oppose it.
But the corporate lobbyists pushing this deal have a secret plan to push it through Congress during the lame-duck session after the election, when it’s too late to hold politicians who vote for it accountable. The Rock Against the TPP tour is exactly what we need to sound the alarm about the TPP. Because the corporate media has paid so little attention, millions of Americans have heard very little about it—or have heard nothing at all.
The tour will raise awareness among just the kinds of people who would oppose the deal if they knew more about it.
It’s up to us to stop this awful deal. Will you chip in?
Thanks for standing with us, Kate and the team at Watchdog.net
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