Low balling the TPP past a complacent Canadian public

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Low balling the TPP past a complacent Canadian public

Low balling the TPP past a complacent Canadian public.

 There can be little doubt many Canadians are complacently holding their fire on opposing the TPP until the final Parliamentary ratification two years from now.  This is a wrong-headed notion and assures it will be passed. Stopping the TPP can only happen in the here and now!

Unfortunately we live in a time when all-powerful corporations hold sway over our duly elected governments. Governments have yielded too much power to them and they have come to expect blind obedience from legislatures whether they are our Parliament or the US Congress.  This is the history of trade agreements and too much other pernicious legislation indolent politicians have let pass.

Low balling the TPP past Canadians is well under way.  The TPP has been misrepresented to the country.  It has been signed.  It has had scant coverage in the mainstream media. It was intentionally left out of the Throne Speech. Most of the research I have done comes from American independent media where the TPP has received the rigorous scrutiny it deserves.

It is not uncommon to read coverage making claims just how difficult the ratification of the TPP is going to be. Such claims should be regarded with great skepticism as the corporate juggernaut that drives these agreements has great coercive powers and a proven ability to bend national governments to their will. This can be regarded as part of the low balling process intended to foster complacency among the public. 

 Many of the articles in the TPP are already in effect under existing agreements like NAFTA and with time only become more entrenched. The TPP, TTIP and TISA are massive expansions of the NAFTA and once in place are permanent and national governments become even more hobbled than they are now.

It is an unfortunate state of affairs that if we want to practice true democracy we must do an end run around our sorely corrupted legislature. This means resorting to and insisting on referenda- as direct and fundamental as democracy can get.

There was a time when government could be trusted as the custodian of the public interest but in the last thirty years it has sold it soul to corporatism, and in too many cases betraying democracy and the public it is elected to serve.

There is a balance to be corrected.

 Where democracy becomes a mere pretense we must step forward and insist on the real thing.  If we do not preempt the lowballing of the TPP it is a done deal here and now.  It is simply too important to be left to politicians.


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voice of the damned

Is "complacent Canadians" in this essay just a loaded way of saying "Canadians who aren't as opposed to the TPP as the writer thinks they should be"?

Mr. Magoo

When it all comes down to terms like "complacent" or "brainwashed" or "sheeple" I roll my eyes.

They're the 21st century version of "clearly my neighbour is under the spell of a powerful witch".

voice of the damned

I like the right-wing versions.

"They've all been brainwashed by Hollyweird!!" (To explain why the public isn't rioting in the streets against same-sex marriage.)


it is an accurate term, complacent...there's a whole bunch of people in polls and on the net who clearly oppose this thing but there's only minor organizing going on around it.  nothing like the g20 that's for sure...


Mobilize the masses to sign a petition. 

The problem now is the state has too much power.  Gone are the days of groups downing gin, grabbing torches and pitchforks, and over-riding the guards and their muskets to firmly register displeasure with the aristocracy.

Mr. Magoo

it is an accurate term, complacent

No, it's a loaded term, intentionally chosen to suggest subservience, docility, submissiveness or ignorance. 

FWIW, I remember a babble, way back when, in which you could often get away with suggesting things like "Stephen Harper can't wait to fellate Bush over the Patriot Act" or "once again, Canadians bend over and take it from Big Business".  Fortunately that was eventually seen for what it is.

Complacency isn't a synonym for inaction.  It's an attempted explanation for it.