The following is a press release from Climate Justice Saskatoon and the local chapter of the Council of Canadians. More information and media to follow.
Locals to stage rally outside Trans-Pacific Partnership hearings in Saskatoon
Saskatoon – Climate Justice Saskatoon and the local chapter of the Council of Canadians are organizing a rally to coincide with Saskatoon’s public hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), hosted by the Standing Committee on International Trade at the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday, April 20th from 8:00-11:45am. The rally will take place on Wednesday outside of the Radisson at 12:00pm.
The rally has been planned to highlight the concerns of local citizens in regards to the TPP and shortcomings of the consultation process itself.
Justin Fisher, from Climate Justice Saskatoon, says “The TPP is a deal that was negotiated in secret by the former Conservative government, and it puts corporate profits ahead of the concerns of everyday citizens. We’re concerned about undermining climate policy, Indigenous and workers’ rights, and public health care, among other things.”
The TPP was signed by Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on February 4th, 2016, but the Liberal government promised to hold public consultations across Canada before deciding whether or not to ratify the controversial agreement.
Tracey Mitchell, a national board member of the Council of Canadians based in Saskatoon, says “The Liberals are clearly stretching the meaning of the word ‘public’ with these hearings. Saskatoon’s hearing has been poorly publicized, will include just 12 speakers, and is happening on a weekday morning. We want genuine public consultation, not a rigged process that reflects corporate pressure.”
The TPP has been signed by 12 countries but cannot enter into force until it is ratified by signatories. The agreement has been criticized by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz as the “worst trade deal ever.” Public consultations began on Monday, April 18th in Vancouver.