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Welcome to CETA and the Liberals' faith-based reality

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"Sweep away the community of honest brokers in America [and] we'll be left with a culture and public dialogue based on assertion rather than authenticity, on claim rather than fact."

-- U.S. journalist Ron Suskind, 2004

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| November 18, 2016
Photo: An advertisement for Wallonia at the Brussels airport/ Behind the Numbers
| November 2, 2016
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| October 28, 2016

Not Rex: Hail Wallonia!

The Canada-EU trade agreement has met its Waterloo in Wallonia. Turns out CETA -- the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -- which the Harper regime said was a done deal, may indeed be done. Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's dream of a done deal has been laid to ruins by Wallonians.

Thanks, Wallonia. Canada owes you one.

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| September 29, 2016
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| September 6, 2016
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Why is Trudeau following Harper's lead and giving special protections to powerful corporations?

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Foreign investors -- including some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful corporations -- typically generate little public sympathy and aren't usually lumped in with groups deemed worthy of special protections.

So the Trudeau government, which is in the process of granting wealthy foreign investors extraordinary legal protections and access to public money, is probably hoping the public isn't paying much attention.

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Canadian media is failing citizens with its reporting on corporate rights deals

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The Trudeau government is hell-bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements -- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians are informed about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts. The first-order irresponsibility is the media's absolute determination to cast these deals as "trade deals" when even a casual reading reveals that they are corporate rights agreements which, because they are treaties, trump our courts and constitution.

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| June 17, 2016
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