The Trans-Pacific Partnership serves no potential benefits for Canada: Here’s why
By: David McDonald
What is the TPP?
How will the TPP impact Canada?
It will be easier for big corporations to ship our jobs overseas, which will push down wages and increase income inequality.
Countries within the TPP can ship resources to Canada (and vice versa) much easier because of reduced tariffs. However, this could mean that our country will be flooded with unsafe food.
With more power being given to large corporations, they will be able to increase the cost of medicines within North America.
Corporations will have the power to attack our environmental and health standards. Along with this, the TPP will grant companies more opportunities to file for lawsuits against non-conformists (journalists, spokespeople, media voices, that do not agree with what the company is doing.
The secretive trade agreement is basically threatening to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe, hence, why it has been kept such a secret.
The deal’s intellectual property rules, he says, are biased toward the U.S. and will disadvantage Canadian innovators.
Given Trudeau’s emphasis on encouraging high-tech innovation, the government might find Balsillie’s complaint particularly worrying.
The TPP’s Concerning Intellectual Property Rules
The deal provides digital policies that benefit big corporations at the expense of the public. The average internet user would have extensive negative impacts for your freedom of expression.
There is a general lack of transparency with the deal. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, and patents. The official release of the final TPP text confirmed that U.S. negotiators pushed for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
The TPP will rewrite global rules on intellectual property enforcement. All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the U.S., this will further entrench controversial aspects of U.S. copyright law—such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)—and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector.
Going to extend copyright term projections from life of the author +50 years, to life +70 years for works created by individuals.
Adopt criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without commercial motivation. Users could be jailed or hit with debilitating fines over file sharing, and may have their property or domains seized or destroyed even without a formal complaint from the copyright holder.
Enact a “Three-Step Test” Language that puts restrictions on fair use. Companies that adopt more user-friendly rules could also risk lawsuits by content industry investors who believe these rules limit their profits.
Create New Threats for Journalists and Whistleblowers: Dangerously vague text on the misuse of trade secrets, which could be used to enact harsh criminal punishments against anyone who reveals or even accesses information through a “computer system” that is allegedly confidential.
Overall, the TPP serves no potential benefits for Canada
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