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Open letter to Thomas Mulcair: Maintain NDP's opposition to 'trade' deals like CETA

2011 Halifax protest against CETA. (Photo: Canadians.org)

I want to add my name to those who have written to you expressing our concern about the possibility that the NDP might endorse the CETA agreement.

This agreement is primarily about limiting the public policy options of government. It is not fundamentally about lowering tariff barriers as these are already quite low. Rather it is about enhancing investor rights. It is also about further entrenching the intellectual property regime that has led to such major increases in Canada's pharmaceutical prices since Brian Mulroney abolished compulsory licensing in 1987 and 1992 with Bills C22 and C91. 

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The Harper government thinks negotiating and signing various deals with all kinds of countries shows it is fulfilling its economic mandate. Nothing could be further from the truth. What are erroneously described as trade agreements or, worse -- free trade agreements -- end up limiting Canada’s ability to develop and create products and services for Canadians that people in other countries might use as well.

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