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Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
04-01-2010, 06:18 PM,
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Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda

By Dana Gabriel

Global Research, April 1, 2010
onlinejournal.com

Although there is a need for Canada to expand its trade horizons, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) currently being negotiated with the European Union (EU) appears to be based on the flawed NAFTA model. Many view it as an opportunity to decrease its trade reliance on the U.S., but it could serve to accelerate the corporate takeover of the country.

The deal would exceed NAFTA in its scope and with the third round of negotiations scheduled for April 19-23 in Ottawa, there are lingering concerns regarding its lack of transparency. A Canada-EU CETA could be used to expand NAFTA, strengthen U.S.-EU economic relations and further advance the transatlantic agenda.

Some believe that the recent Canada-U.S. Agreement on Government Procurement is an important step in providing protection for future bilateral trade relations, but in the process it opens up provincial and municipal contracts to foreign corporations.

Maude Barlow and Stuart Trew of the Council of Canadians criticized the Conservative government for giving up too much and receiving too little. In an collaborative article they emphasized that, “The provinces have been loath to sign the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement and did not agree to include subnational procurement in NAFTA because they could lose too much say in how public money is spent without getting any new access to the U.S. market.” They went on to say, “We believe the Buy American controversy provided Harper and the provinces, who are actively engaged in ambitious free-trade talks with Europe, with an opportunity to restructure the Canadian economy to reduce the role of our communities in setting spending priorities.”

As part of the proposed CETA with Canada, one of the EU’s top objectives includes gaining access to procurement and services in areas of health, energy, water, as well as other sectors. The Canada-U.S. Buy American deal is an extension of NAFTA and has set a precedent which could further reinforce EU demands.

In mid-December 2009, Internet law columnist Michael Geist reported that the EU had proposed negotiating an intellectual property chapter which could reshape Canadian copyright law. He stated that, “While the leaked document may only represent the starting European position, there is little doubt there will be enormous pressure on Canadian negotiators to cave on the IP provision in return for ‘gains’ in other areas.” This also ties into Canada’s participation in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations which also include the EU, U.S. and other nations. With respect to the Canada-EU CETA, Geist also acknowledged that, “When combined with ACTA, the two agreements would render Canadian copyright law virtually unrecognizable as Canada would be required to undertake a significant rewrite of its law. The notion of a ‘made-in-Canada’ approach - already under threat from ACTA - would be lost entirely, replaced by a made-in-Washington-and-Brussels law.” Both the U.S. and the EU have singled out Canada for criticism on intellectual property and are pressing for copyright along with other reforms. Conceding to such demands could severely compromise Canadian interests.

Opposition to the scope and process of Canada-EU trade negotiations is increasing. The talks have been marred by secrecy, with little disclosure on the part of the Canadian government and hardly a mention from the mainstream media. Sighting serious concerns, groups such as the Council of Canadians are calling for full transparency. They are also demanding a comprehensive impact assessment, protection for public services and procurement, along with the exclusion of any investment chapter. There are fears that a Canada-EU CETA could include provisions such as NAFTA’s Chapter 11, which gives corporations the power to challenge governmental laws and regulations that restrict their profits. NDP International Trade critic Peter Julian recently berated Canadian negotiators for using the obsolete and harmful NAFTA template. He proclaimed, “We need to push the Canada-EU negotiations towards a much more progressive fair trade model.” Julian admitted, “It is regrettable that it seems to have been pushed aside for a NAFTA-style agreement that would decrease most Canadian incomes, encourage lower standards and lead to the loss of democratic sovereignty.” A Canada-EU CETA would further promote transatlantic ties and could later include the U.S., as well as Mexico.

In 2007, the U.S.-EU reached a deal on a new Transatlantic Economic Partnership in an effort to work towards eliminating trade barriers, increasing investment and streamlining harmonization on regulations. The agreement established the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) as a permanent body. Trade policy analyst, Daniella Markheim compared the TEC to the now defunct Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America. “Both the SPP and the TEC address property rights protection and enforcement, effective inspections and data sharing on food safety, border measures affecting trade, and other economic and security concerns.” She also added, “Both of these are forums that enable the U.S. and its significant trade partners to find new avenues to improve the flow of commerce and promote greater coherence and consistency in trade rules and regulations.” A Canada-EU free trade agreement would deepen transatlantic economic integration and advance plans for a common market in the region.

Negotiations are proceeding quickly which could lead to a Canada-EU CETA being signed by 2011. The deal would be subject to compatibility with the terms of NAFTA and could help revive and expand the trilateral accord. In addition to further liberalizing trade in goods, services, investment and procurement, it could also include a labour mobility provision. Interlocking superstates are the foundation for global governance and much like the formation of the EU, a North American Union is being created incrementally. Take NAFTA, along with the SPP agenda which is still moving forward through other initiatives, combine it with the TEC, as well as a Canada-EU CETA and you have the basis for a Transatlantic Union.

Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, as well as other issues. Contact: beyourownleader@hotmail.com. Visit his blog site at beyourownleader.blogspot.com
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04-23-2010, 02:23 AM,
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RE: Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
Thanks for this and your earlier post (read it, dugg it) on this topic that is near and dear to my heart. It would essentially make Canada a part of the EU for anything but criminal law. I'll read it over.

Posted the documents up on the tracker..

Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement Draft (CETA)[2010.01.12]
http://concen.org/tracker/torrents-details.php?id=16318
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04-23-2010, 08:22 AM,
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RE: Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
(04-23-2010, 02:23 AM)FastTadpole Wrote: Thanks for this and your earlier post (read it, dugg it) on this topic that is near and dear to my heart. It would essentially make Canada a part of the EU for anything but criminal law. I'll read it over.

Posted the documents up on the tracker..

Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement Draft (CETA)[2010.01.12]
http://concen.org/tracker/torrents-details.php?id=16318

just a way to make us one, ... i have said many governments will be folded up into the most powerful. Part of me as Canadian would like to say i'm happy the europeans are showing an interest in us and not leaving us to the US but more likely as the article states our rights of information have not been shushed and america has tried, so they will sweeten the public acceptance with promise of trade .... which the sheep see as a code word for "Jobs" so they don't bleet too loudly...

Hope we see some environmental changes soon to disrupt, or there may be fewer places one will be able to live in peace...
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04-23-2010, 12:54 PM,
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RE: Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
We already have an agreement with the US so they can bid on provincial and municipal contracts and vice versa

Quote:Canada-U.S. agreement on Buy American came into force
February 16, 2010

Canada and the United States have signed an agreement under which the United States has waived the Buy American provisions. Canadian companies can now participate in a number of infrastructure projects being funded under the Recovery Act. The agreement enjoys the full support of Canadian provinces and territories, as well as leading industry associations. This agreement came into force on February 16, 2010.

For full details on this agreement, please consult the following text of the Canada-U.S. Agreement on Government Procurement (PDF 1.32 MB*).

Minister Van Loan mentioned that Canada and the United States are taking a significant step forward in their trade relationship. Trade between the two countries is essential to enhance the economic prosperity of citizens, businesses and communities on both sides of the border.
http://www.international.gc.ca/commerce/buyamerican-2010.aspx

.. and it doesn't end there, this is effectively just another phase of many (Free Trade, NAFTA, NASRA .. ) in removing any power of governments to exercise their sovereign right to protect their national economies via trade protectionism.

See article 9 - Future Considerations

Quote:.. within 12 months the parties shall enter into discussions to expand the market access for government procurement.

This agreement is being directed by the WTO and requires its approval as the sole arbitrator of exchange. Something else of note. All transaction thresholds are listed in Special Drawing Rights SDRs, giving world currency more reach, validity and, in turn, more power abdicated to an unelected centralist world government.
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04-23-2010, 05:52 PM,
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RE: Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
Yep... and when the new mid content express way linking canada, USA/ and Mexico is finished i wage we'll be about equal in currencies so we can switch to EURO style Amero! it ends in winnipeg on our end, and mexico city in the south.

BUt if we join EU good chance we might also be using EURO, nice strong currency, and other then oil nothing is truly judged in american dollars so having them go extinct will not affect the global market too much.
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04-23-2010, 06:41 PM,
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RE: Canada and the European Union: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda
The global banking system is corrupt to the core. The Euro is no more sound than the US dollar. Joining the EU is as bad as joining the NAU.
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