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Leaking jobs in Canada through our foreign accounts deficits

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Recent incidents of Canadians losing jobs to temporary foreign workers have panicked Conservative Minister Jason Kenney into imposing a moratorium on the use of these workers by the restaurant industry.

Importing low-wage labour works against Canadians looking for a raise. However, Canadians looking for a job are also hurt by recent trends in foreign trade. An outflow of spending from Canada indicates weakness in the ability of the economy to generate jobs.

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April 23, 2014 |
Investment treaties give foreign corporations “investor-state” rights, allowing them to by-pass their own governments and directly sue the government of another country.

Three key moments in Canada's neoliberal transformation

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The last three decades have witnessed a far-reaching neoliberal transformation of the Canadian economy, politics and culture that has been dramatic, thorough and socially destructive.

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The three key moments in Canada's neoliberal transformation

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The last three decades have witnessed a far-reaching transformation of the Canadian economy, politics and culture. Canada is not unique in experiencing this neoliberal transformation, of course, but it has been as dramatic, thorough and socially destructive here as almost anywhere else in the industrialized world. Even before that transformation began, Canada was hardly a model of inclusion, equality, and democracy. But in the latter years of the postwar expansion, Canada progressed both economically and socially.

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| April 7, 2014

Four things unions want you to know about the Canada-South Korea free trade agreement

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The recently announced free trade deal between Canada and South Korea has raised the ire of several unions, who warn that it could have a detrimental effect on Canadian workers. Here are four things unions are worried about now that trade is about to open up between the two countries.

1. It supports trade imbalances

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| February 17, 2014
Redeye

Leaks confirm fears about Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

November 27, 2013
| In mid-November, Wikileaks released the secret draft text for the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the TPP. Stuart Trew talks about what this leak tells us about the agreement as a whole.
Length: 13:42 minutes (12.55 MB)
October 18, 2013 |
The people of Canada and Europe, not multinational corporations, should be the ones calling the shots.
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