As Canada’s Justin Trudeau and America’s Donald Trump Head Off for Trade Talks in the Far East, Let the Fear and Loathing for Everyday Citizens Back Home Begin

What Will Any New Trade Deals Do To What’s Left Of Decent Jobs in Canada and the U.S. This Time?

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, followed by a short video presentation with a message that should give us all cause for concern

Posted November 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

They’re off to lands of cheap labour and weak environmental and labour rules, trolling for new trade deals. What will that mean for the rest of us this time?

As Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the United States of America’s President Donald Trump separately, but simultaneously spend the days ahead, trolling around the Far East for new trade deals, there is something everyday people on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border should keep in mind.

With the possible exception of Japan, both men are dealing with countries that pay their workers peanuts and allow industries to operate in zones of weak environmental and labour protection regulations, so if past trade pacts our leaders have signed with counties that host sweat shops are any example, we have every reason to be concerned about any deal that might sell us down the river this  time.

Thing of the trade deals  Canada and the United States have signed over the past 30 or 40 years that have become little more than a license for corporations to close their operations here, collectively throwing countless tens of thousands of people out of work, only to set up shop in countries where they can make a fortune  exploiting slave labour and belching poisons from  their stacks as if the first Earth Day and all the environmental programs it inspired over the past 47 years never happened.

So whatever promises Trudeau and Trump make to us, in their own separate ways, about negotiating deals that are fairer to Canadian and American workers, what guarantees do we have that they won’t sign deals that are just as destructive to what is left of a middle class on this continent as their predecessors did?

And who or what has the power to stop them if they do?

As a sober warning to all of us of what bad  trade deals can do to the lives over everyday people in Canada and the U.S., I am reprising an old animated video produced by the folks at Jib Jab which is just as relevant now as it was when it first went viral a decade or so ago.

To watch  it, click the screen here –

Now let’s get ready to make our opposition loud and clear if we have any reason to believe our leaders are about to sign trade deals that do a cruel number of  the 99 per cent again.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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