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Chalk one up for democracy: U.S. wins victory over TPP trade deal

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A teenager who knows me too well says I'm obsessed with endlessly refighting the battle against free trade. That rings pathetically true. And now who wins a small victory over the ancient foe? Them. The U.S.! History is cruel.

It happened last week. President Barack Obama backed the latest in free trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- or TPP. The august Senate backed him. But the House of Representatives, the elected body nearest the people, voted No. It took a savvy, impassioned, grassroots campaign to make that happen and even so, it's not over. Pro-free traders are already attempting a TPP resuscitation. Victories over free trade should be celebrated swiftly. But what explains even that hiccup?

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Free trade agreements enshrine corporate rights

June 18, 2015
| When governments try to protect the environment or promote the local economy, free trade agreements allow companies to sue for billions of dollars for lost profits. Murray Dobbin explains how.
Length: 16:10 minutes (14.81 MB)
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Canada's auto strategy: Grovelling for crumbs in NAFTA's grim reality

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You could hear jaws dropping onto factory floors right across Ontario's auto belt last month. Export Development Canada (EDC) announced a $525-million loan to Volkswagen. The money was not to lure the company -- the world's largest automaker -- to Canada. To the contrary, we're helping finance Volkswagen's growth 4,000 kilometers away: with expanded factories in Mexico and Tennessee, and a new plant in Mexico (producing luxury Audis).

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| March 31, 2015
| February 9, 2015
February 9, 2015 |
The defining features of the Canadian economy during the NAFTA era have been slower GDP growth, a surge in corporate concentration and heightened income inequality.

Canada's inconvenient truth about Mexico

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Canadians love Mexico especially when crystalized ice on window panes trigger thoughts of sandy beach retreats from Canada's punishing winters. Over 1.9 million Canadians turn to Mexico as their getaway destination.

In Mexico, however, thousands are seeking refuge from poverty and the human rights crisis, most recently brought to the fore by the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher's college in Guerrero, Mexico.

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| January 27, 2015
January 23, 2015 |
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador announces that they won't be working with the federal government in the various ongoing trade agreements.
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Ten years of free trade in Central America

January 16, 2015
| The Central America Free Trade Agreement was ratified in 2005. Ten years later, most of the signatory countries are struggling with poverty, violence and increased emigration.
Length: 13:58 minutes (12.79 MB)
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