Canada: TPP update from Council of Canadians – Not a done deal, but the fight goes on


I just received the following in an email from Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. I am reproducing it in its entirety. See other links below for more about the TPP. – HT

Fight to stop TPP kicking into high gear

With Parliament now back in session, the fight to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is kicking into high gear.

So I’m writing to sincerely thank you again for adding your voice and support to this critical fight. Together we’re making huge progress towards raising the public awareness and political will needed to stop the TPP for good.

I’m also writing to bring you up to speed on some of the exciting TPP events the Council of Canadians has undertaken over the last several weeks starting with last Friday!

More than 700 people crammed into a Toronto concert hall for “Rock Against the TPP” – a special night of music, fun and activism organized by the Council and several other progressive groups.

The stellar lineup of musicians kept the crowd pumped up all night, while Council of Canadians staff handed out free “Stop the TPP” buttons and took to the microphone to urge everyone in attendance to join you and me in taking action.

The next day a TPP teach-in was held in Toronto to further inform and engage people. Council staff gave workshop presentations, helped spread the word with a local postering blitz, and encouraged people to submit their concerns to the federal committee studying the TPP while the public comment period is still open.

But our efforts extend far beyond Toronto. Over the last few weeks, Council staff and local chapter activists have been working flat-out in communities across Canada. The Council’s Victoria chapter just delivered a powerful presentation to town council calling for a resolution against the TPP – and it passed!

The Council of Canadians’ Vancouver, Kelowna and Yellowknife chapters have also called on their city councils to pass resolutions in opposition to the TPP.

Last week, the Council also released our critique of a new government study that exposed how the TPP offers Canada a net zero economic gain, but keeps Canadians on the hook for more expensive prescription drugs and costly corporate lawsuits.

And every day more and more people across Canada are joining you, me and the growing movement calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to reject the TPP – one of Stephen Harper’s worst legacies – in favour of trade that is truly fair.

None of this important work could happen without you. Your voice and support are directly helping to keep the pressure on and spread the word – and I can’t thank you enough.

But the clock is ticking and we have much more work ahead. The October 31 deadline for public comment of the TPP is less than six weeks away!

So in the coming days I’ll be back in touch to share with you some of the exciting activities we have planned in the lead-up to the deadline and how you can keep helping.

In the meantime, you can visit us online at for the latest news and developments, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter too.

maude-barlow-headThank you for all you do.

Maude Barlow
National Chairperson
Council of Canadians

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About Henri Thibodeau

Freelance writer and translator based in Quebec, Canada.
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