Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users
October 5, 2015
“Canadians who care about the open Web should be very concerned about this ultra-secret pact, which could be disastrous for Canada’s digital economy,” said OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali. “What we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship. It will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost Canadians money. This deal would never pass with the whole world watching – that’s why they’ve negotiated it in total secrecy.”
Under Canada’s caretaker convention, the government can sign the TPP now, but it has to be put to a vote in Parliament before the agreement can be ratified and brought into force. There has been much controversy over the limits of the Conservative government’s power to continue to negotiate a deal mere weeks before a federal election – with NDP leader Tom Mulcair stating his party will not be bound to any agreement the Conservatives sign before the October 19 federal election.
A poll conducted just days ago by Innovation Research shows that 70% of Canadians are either not very familiar, not at all familiar, or have not heard about it the TPP until now.
Details remain unclear as to when the public will be able to perform a full analysis of the text and what it means for Internet users. Also unclear is the timeline for the completion of the agreement, including ratification. However, under Trade Promotion Authority, U.S. President Barack Obama has committed to releasing the text for public scrutiny 60 days before a final vote in Congress. Despite pressure to complete the deal by the end of the year, analysts suggest that at this late stage the TPP will be impossible to ratify until 2016.
Canadians have been speaking out against the secrecy of the TPP at https://StopTheSecrecy.net
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