VANCOUVER - Councillor Adriane Carr (Green Party of Vancouver) has today put a motion on notice for the November 17 Council meeting, calling for the City of Vancouver to officially oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement signed by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October, only weeks before the federal election.
Carr believes that Vancouver should oppose the TPP on the grounds that it "[gives] multinational corporations excessive power to undermine the authority of our city, province and country to create reasonable rules and regulations regarding environmental, health and labour safeguards, climate policy, food safety standards and protection of local jobs and businesses."
The TPP must still be ratified by the current Parliament and by the parliaments of all 12 member states in order to come into force. Carr's motion calls on Vancouver City Council to express its opposition to the agreement to Prime Minister Trudeau, to every member of Cabinet, and to every Member of Parliament. The full text of Councillor Carr's motion can be found below.
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Councillor Adriane Carr - 778-886-4560
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MOTION ON NOTICE
Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
MOVER: Councillor Adriane Carr
1. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed by the former Canadian government during the recent federal election, is a free trade agreement purportedly aimed at reducing trade barriers and expanding the flow of goods, services and capital between 12 Pacific countries that represent approximately 40 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product;
2. Motions passed by many cities in the United States, including San Francisco and Seattle, opposed the fast-tracking and content of the TPP and some such as New York City and Berkeley established local “TPP-Free Zones”;
3. The TPP’s investor-state dispute settlement provision allows transnational corporations to sue governments over legislation or policies made in the public interest, giving multinational corporations excessive power to undermine the authority of our city, province and country to create reasonable rules and regulations regarding environmental, health and labour safeguards, climate policy, food safety standards and protection of local jobs and businesses;
4. Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to ratify the TPP agreement.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1. Vancouver Mayor and Council express its opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement and communicate this to Prime Minister Trudeau, Cabinet Ministers and every Member of Parliament.
Former Vancouver City Councillor