Did you think the Trans-Pacific Partnership died when the US withdrew? Did you think it would stay dead? Not by a longshot. The other eleven signatory nations treated the abandonment of the deal by Drumpf to be merely a temporary circumstance. Carry on! There are plenty of industries and corporations that want their deal. Especially the ones who have a presence and something to gain all around the Pacific Rim.
Enter the Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. New name. New acronym. Same old "free trade" aims. Out of more than 5500 pages, a whopping 21 clauses are now excluded from the original TPP. That's it. The rest remain under a new amended name. In fact the only official reference to the CPTPP is in the agreement signed on May 8, 2018 in Santaigo, Chile which basically says...
Canadian industry lobby groups, the CPC and the LPC government are all anticipating the retread deal flying through Parliament. Bill C-79 was tabled before the summer break, which will provide the necessary ratification of CPTPP.
But why hasn't it been covered to any effect in the corporate media? To help avoid the protests and organized opposition that happened in all 12 nations the first time around. The rubber stamp is quietly poised.
The View Up Here will review all the problems in the TPP (it's been over 2 years since the last episode on it) and discuss the inevitability of its enactment under its new name. For better or worse.
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