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Canada Excluded From Next Round of TPP Negotiations

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Monday July 16, 2012
When the U.S. invited Canada to join the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations last month, there was an agreed upon delay to allow it to complete a domestic approval process. As part of that delay, Canada was to be excluded from the negotiations during the approval period and bound by any substantive agreements reached during those talks. While most assumed that would only cover the just-completed San Diego round of discussions, it turns out that Canada will be excluded from the next round of negotiations as well. The USTR sent the formal letter to include Canada in the TPP to Congress on July 10, 2012. Last week, it also announced that the next round of negotiations will take place in early September in Virginia. Given the 90-day waiting period from the date of the USTR letter, Canada will also be excluded from this round of negotiations and will have to wait until December to formally participate in the talks.
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Perverted Democracy said:

Sigh
So there are just a few more hurdles we need to clear before we are allowed to bend over for the Americans.
July 16, 2012

Uncle Sammy said:

...
Why don't we just sign it now in blank and read it when its done?

Canadians should be more trusting and less uppity...
July 16, 2012

Crockett said:

...
We can go to the party as long as we bring lots of candy and don't plan to hang out with the cool kids.
July 16, 2012

Byte said:

"Partnership"
I think that proves it's not a "partnership" at all. There's one clear leader, USTR (and thus the USA), calling the shorts. Those poor countries that started this to begin with have no say anymore. They just bow to their Overlord. And so does Canada, if we're not watchful.

Let's just talk to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and invite a few others in the "Coalition of the Courageous". Let's see if we can get things moving without being under US supervision.
July 16, 2012

TJ1975 said:

US government is corrupt!
Uncle Sammy said:

...
Why don't we just sign it now in blank and read it when its done?

Canadians should be more trusting and less uppity...


Trusting as you were when your government came back and said Iraq had WMDs?
July 16, 2012

Smartguy said:

sell out
Canadian government should keep themselves on our own side of the border and not be a sellout to America or big Business.WE WANT OUR PRIVACY & RIGHTS!!!We don't have to follow the U.S.government and loose all control of our lifestyle...Do your own thing in the states we DON'T NEED THE PROBLEMS!!!
CANADA STRONG & FREE
July 16, 2012

Ed Cave said:

Retired and using the internet
The US is duing what it always has done, being the biggest bully while leading a bunch of flag waving uninformed supporters. When all the dust settles the US population will have to say--WHAT JUST HAPPENED" and the rest of the FREE? world will suffer accordingly. TheUS lobbyists have eveerything to gain and WE have alot to lose.
July 16, 2012

wonderman said:

wondering
Does anybody actually follow these things...if not you should!The Trans Pacific Partnership is something set up by big businesses and some governments to sneak in the back door of free internet,spy on take your rights and ruin what little freedom we have.
If you haven't checked into this try ' OpenMedia .ca and view the facts and check out some of their brother/sister sites....it may OPEN YOUR EYES
July 16, 2012

Carol Smith said:

JUST SAY NO! NO! NO!
I have already signed petition after petition to keep our freedoms, please, please read open media.ca and sign or we will loose our internet freedoms, & become a underling to the US corporations who are pushing this crap at us. A single click on the wrong site could become a nightmare for you if this passes, fines, jail time? our internet is at stake. JUST SAY NO! LOUD AND CLEAR.
July 16, 2012

Canadian Citizen said:

Canada deserves better.
If that's how Canada is going to be treated, we should stay out of the TTP.

too bad our beloved PM doesn't see it that way.

he's doing all he can to please his masters.

Role over, Stevie. Roll over. Good boy. That's a good Prime Minister.
July 16, 2012

donos said:

History repeats itself
So we're hewers of wood and drawers of water once again.
July 16, 2012

ft/rman said:

bitchen does nothin
untill the ndp form a fed gov. the 99% will do the will of the 1% dictators abound when tax money is thrown to wolves and the fetchers of water and hewers of wood apetheticly stand by.Two[british] canadian soldiers held off 180 americans for a day at river cannard 1812 war why cant we relive that valor again. stand up to the profiteers and unschooled potentaits.
July 16, 2012

ALDEBARAN said:

no great surprise is it?
Harper is getting what he wants - playing with the big boys. I think he was bullied as a little boy, poor lad. So now he learns he has to toe a few more lines and kiss a few more asses to play. But it's the Canadian people who will pay for his game, as usual. He knows exactly what's going on and who's pockets he's living in. The bigger the business, the bigger the pocket and the more money and power the man will get. Until the people of Canada get him out of there it will be business as usual - he'll continue selling our land, our water, our oil, our companies, our people, our sovereignty just for the handshake with the big boys. What a traitor!
July 16, 2012

Skaana said:

It's a shame
It was a sad day when the Con's won a small majority. The leader Harper is nothing but a benign dictator. Why is he cancelling all the scientific programs that were so successful over the past years? It surely is not to save us money, it has to be that he doesn't believe in any science findings. He probably believes that man walked with the dinosaur, he is so out of touch. He supposedly has a degree in economics, but he has never really worked in that field. He was a hanger on in the political world and through a lot of sucking around achieved his goal, PM of the best country in the world today.
July 18, 2012

"Big Boy" Canny said:

Whooopee!
Yipee! We've been allowed into the "big kids" club, so long as we stay quiet and do what the others agree on. Hey, wait. I think I recognize some of the kids from our other club. Yep. Durn, I was hoping that there were more than just the normal gang.

To sum up the USTR: Canada's to be bound by the terms of the TPP and isn't allowed into the next round of negotitations. Hey, you only said this round, dirty bully!

To sum it up: we give away all our rights and gain nothing new in return. And we ain't got a say in this, either.
July 18, 2012

Hamilton Pare said:

Retired
As long as we have Harper or another Conservative dictatorship with a US Republican attitude, Canadians will get our a..,, kicked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 19, 2012

Shawn H Corey said:

It's Their Ball
It has always been the policy of the Can gov't to sign first and renegotiate for better terms, a soft-sell approach. Unfortunately, this leaves our economy at a disadvantage until the renegotiation that effect. And taking a hard-line approach won't work; we have more to lose than the Americans. We simply have to choice but to play their game; it's their ball.

So, the Can gov't has no choice but to donate large quantities of cash to all presidential candidates and hire lobbyists to gain preferential treatment from the US. If that's how the game is played, then we must play it to win.
July 20, 2012

JS said:

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Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Exactly how stupid and inept are you and your ministers? Signing into an agreement when you don't know the terms and cannot participate in any negotiations?

I have a blank piece of paper for you to sign. When I am done deciding the terms I'll fill you in. It is on the up and up, honest.
July 20, 2012

MDO said:

defenseless
Worst Prime Minister ever in Canada's history.
August 24, 2012

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