Tuesday, January 23, 2018
So It's On. The Trans Pacific Partnership, Sans Trumpland, Is a Done Deal.
The ceremonies are scheduled for March but we're told the TPP is now a done deal even without the United States. The nagging question is just what's in it.
Canada, we're told, held out for certain environmental and labour concessions that, we're told, will cure the worst excesses of most earlier free trade deals. So we're told. Then again this government has told us plenty of things that haven't turned out to be quite true.
I'm of two minds on this deal. I would like to see more trade with Europe and Asia to reduce our dependency on an increasingly unreliable and pugnacious America. On the other hand these deals inevitably impact our national sovereignty, some more than others, and it rarely seems that we get good value for what we give up. Oh, it's plenty good for a select group but not necessarily for the nation and the Canadian public at large.
Meanwhile, our sometimes not-to-be-trusted prime minister, is in Davos, Switzerland, banging on the free trade drum.
According to The Guardian, Trudeau said that businesses and governments are failing to help their workers and citizens in "today's rapidly changing world." I'm not sure whether the "job churn" government thinks that's a bad thing or a good thing. There is so much Trudeau could do to rectify this disgraceful state of affairs if he was so inclined but I've not seen much sign of it, have you?