Earlier this week, I was invited to appear before the House of Commons
Standing Committee on International Trade to discuss the benefits of the
Trans Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement involving the
U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a handful of other Asian and
South American countries. My comments were critical of the proposed
agreement as I focused on two issues: copyright and secrecy. The
opening comments sparked a lively debate, with the NDP MPs tabling
documents I obtained under the Access to Information Act detailing
inside access to TPP information for select stakeholders and the
Conservative MPs alternately questioning the validity of leaked texts
and providing assurances that draft text could change before the final
agreement is concluded. I'll post the transcript once it is available.
In the meantime, my opening remarks are posted below.
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