Abe, Canada’s Trudeau agree on TPP, China maritime issues in telephone talks


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau agreed Friday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact will bring benefits to the region.

In their telephone talks, Abe and Trudeau also agreed to reject any attempt to change the status quo by force — an apparent reference to China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas.

While congratulating Trudeau on his Liberal Party’s election win, Abe said that he hopes the new leader will make use of his youth to exercise strong leadership.

  • There needs to be a co-ordinated program – perhaps compiled by a TPP information resource like Trade Justice to ask every legislator to come up with ONE argument that would affirm validity if the TPP Investor State secret dispute tribunals that can only be accessed by for-profit corporations. Municipalities that are being targeted by these kangaroo tribunals will not have the right to counter-sue.

    This TPP secrecy and its similar free-reign for oligarchs schemes are an attempt to replace the lawful processes of enforcement of honest dealing that has been part of the common law of contract over millenia, with a corporatist arbitrary, unappealable, non-based on case-precedent, sham of an adjudication regime. Those who are willing to support this aberrant outcome of years of ‘deregulated’ ‘self-regulating’ investment oversight, has conditioned the controllers of capital to think that they have all the say in how the economy should run.

    The evidence of deceptive dealing is overwhelming. At Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto on October 26, 2015, a conference called Investor Recovery Conference, was held. The regulatory regime under deregulation has amounted to impunity for deceptive dealing. If the TPP affected countries want to have authentic growth, it is imperative that trustworthiness of contracts be the primary goal. Public regulation based on applying the criminal code and the common law of contract, is what would ensure that contracts are entered with the goal being equal benefit for all parties, and secrecy and deception would be cause for repudiation.

    There is no room for any more control by oligarchs, the TPP needs to be redrawn on the basis of fair trade, that is not designed to enable predatory practices.

    • Holly Pender-Love

      Considering that the TPP has not yet been made available for serious study, I am concerned that Mr. Trudeau thinks it is a good thing. the leaked information, that only 6 of the 29 paragraphs are about trade in the agreement, and that it will overrule our sovereignty, makes me most apprehensive of the big deal…. good for whom?

      • Thanks for the response Holly – I feel that the past couple of decades in which lying has become routine to clients by investment dealers – in a “self regulating” environment, this has conditioned those who control the large investment interests to get the idea that they are able to set conditions that have no relationship to British Common Law of Contract. The bail in scheme that is scheduled to take effect at the next meltdown that will allow banks to steal depositors’ savings in order to recapitalize – are all symptoms of rule of law being discarded for rule by plutocrats. It is essential that Trudeau be questioned daily on the need to side with the population rather than multinational corporations. Council of Canadians has some excellent ideas on this.

  • jingles51

    NAFTA with the Japanese economy thrown into the mix is a luring prospect,
    but not if it will only widen the income gap. We must for the sake of mankind arrest plutocracies.

  • Edward98

    If we think TPP is bad, wait until we get TISA. Robert Reich who recently wrote a book “Saving Capitalism said the follow about TISA: Robert Reich: As awful as is the Trans Pacific Partnership, there’s something even worse on the horizon: It’s called the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) — currently being negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland with 51 participants representing 70 percent of the world’s trade in services. Even more secrecy surrounds TISA than TPP, but the parts that have been released by WikiLeaks show TISA would dramatically reduce how much governments can protect their own peoples’ health, safety, labor, and even the environment.

    For example, governments wouldn’t be able to regulate staff to patient ratios in hospitals, prevent banks from becoming too large, ban fracking, improve safety controls on airlines, refuse accreditation to schools and universities, or prevent the importation of genetically modified foods. And governments couldn’t restrict foreign investment – they’d have to allow global corporations to run public services such as communications, postal services, health care, even education. Giant banks and other global financial institutions would have the power to transfer client data out of a country regardless of national privacy laws or banking regulations. And global corporations would have the right to comment on any new proposed national regulations, and contest them in a dispute mechanism similar to the investor-state dispute settlement in the Trans Pacific Partnership – where the corporations can get compensated for any “expected future profits” lost through such regulations.

    The fast-track authority already granted the Trans Pacific Partnership – moving through Congress without amendment – would apply to TISA as well, since fast track lasts six years. Which means TISA is already being teed up. Yet not one presidential candidate has been asked about or said anything about TISA. Europeans have been loudly demonstrating against this global corporate takeover of their democracies. We should be making a ruckus, too. – Robert Reich

    • Edward98 – any thoughts on how to get labour and community associations and public interest research networks like the PIRGs coordinated on this – they need to get everyone aware of the facts block by block and neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

  • Thanks Fay…