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Denying globalization's downside won't stop right-wing populism

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I was somewhat surprised to see Stephen Poloz recently urging economists to do more work identifying and disseminating research on the supposed benefits of free trade. That's slightly beyond his job description (perhaps more fitting with his last position as head of Export Development Canada). But like economic leaders elsewhere in the world, Mr. Poloz is obviously concerned with the disintegration of popular support for neoliberal free trade deals. That disintegration will have tectonic economic and political consequences.

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Trade deals' investor-state provisions: A sub-criminal conspiracy?

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There is a glaring disconnect in the world between economic growth, and trade and investment agreements.

At the same time that Canada and other countries are pushing hard for huge multi-national deals -- the TPP, CETA and the U.S.-EU deal, the TTIP -- all the evidence suggests that global trade is on a long-term downward trend. Nothing in the near or middle term future suggests that it will recover to anything like its China-driven peak.

Financial Times analyst Martin Wolf recently argued bluntly that globalization no longer drives the world economy.

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| August 11, 2016
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| July 13, 2016

Dr. Shiv Chopra: Food safety, security and sovereignty all interlinked

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Recently rabble had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Shiv Chopra, the Health Canada microbiologist who blew the whistle on bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in milk. The following is an excerpt from that interview where we spoke about food safety, our health and trade deals.

 

How did you come to be traveling across the country to talk about food security and trade?

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| March 30, 2016
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Ghosts of politics past and present haunt Trudeau's White House visit

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Two spectral presences appeared during Justin Trudeau's visit to Washington, one Canadian and one American. You could almost see them onscreen, then they frustratingly faded, as spectres do.

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| March 9, 2016

Goodbye longstanding Canadian cultural policy, hello TPP regulations

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Problems? Oh, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a few! Read about them all in the new series The Trouble with the TPP.

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Trade then and now: Environmental lessons for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at an event touting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), said:

"Let's never forget from our earliest days, for our Aboriginal peoples and the first French and British traders, trade has always been responsible for the creation of wealth and opportunity. And of course, the same is true in the modern era..."

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