Making Sense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Dr. Joseph Stiglitz and a panel of international experts discuss the impact of the TPP
Friday, 1 April 2016 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
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The keynote speaker will be Noble Prize-winning economist Dr. Joseph Stiglitz.

Proponents of the TPP argue that it is a once-in-a-generation trade deal that will create jobs and boost Canada’s economy. Opponents counter that the TPP is far more than trade deal - it is an unprecedented set of rules created to increase the profits of transnational corporations by granting them extraordinary powers to override governments that enact legislation in the public interest.

Canada’s Liberal government has called for extensive public consultation before deciding if it will ratify the TPP, and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has promised to commission an impact study.

MAKING SENSE OF THE TPP is meant to be an informed contribution to the consultation process. It will be hosted by the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and sponsored by CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, and the Trade Justice Network.

In addition to Dr. Stiglitz, participants include:

· Prof. Gus Van Harten, author and expert on international investment law
· Dr. Ron Labonte, University of Ottawa Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity
· Jeronim Capaldo, ground-breaking Tufts University Research Fellow
· Scott Sinclair and Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economists
· Pia Eberhardt, Brussels-based international trade researcher for the Corporate Europe Observatory
· Ashley Schram, PhD student, 'Research lead, health impact assessment study of TPP'

They will explore the TPP’s potential impact on jobs, manufacturing, health care, national sovereignty and the Internet. The forum will also examine the controversial ISDS section of the TPP, which would grant foreign corporations the right to sue governments if they believe a government decision negatively impacts their potential future profits, something neither Canadian corporations nor private citizens have the right to do.