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'The Effects of Free Trade on Canada!!' To be MORE specific, 'The Effects of NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement with the USA on Canada and HOW-TO get Canada OUT OF THAT AGREEMENT:

The Effects of Free Trade on the Canadian Economy (Oct 24 2007)

Free Trade Inquiry 1

(This VIDEO was MADE in 2007 and HAS 6 Parts) (sounds like what is going on)



Free Trade Inquiry 2

Free Trade Inqury 3

Free Trade Inqury 4

Free Trade Inqury 5

Free Trade Inqury 6

In my book, what the US is DOING to Canada in NO way REFLECTS HOW to treat
a supposed FRIEND/PARTNER/ALLIE nor a NEIGHBOUR!!


Published on Sep 16, 2014



How Much Does Free Trade Really Cost?

TomBrokaw explains the relationship between the US and Canada

Published on May 8, 2013

Please START this video at the 1:30 mark and STOP-IT at the 7 minute mark...THANKS!!




A presentation given in February, 2008, called "Broken Promises", exposing about 20 years worth of corruption in Ottawa, that culminated in the FTA, NAFTA and the SPP/NAU.

http://www.archive.org/details/BevCollins-BrokenPromises


Bev Collins ~ Broken Promises

http://www.bevcollinsshow.com/?page_id=2

The Harper Government Scandals & Sellouts - 9 Years of Scandals & Sellout: http://www.bevcollinsshow.com/?page_id=463 [/quote]

NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement

:ohmy: = http://tcc.export.gov/%5C%5C/Trade_Agreements/All_Trade_Agreements/NorthAmericanFreeTA.asp

bmxninja357 wrote: Eli Lilly files $500M NAFTA suit against Canada over drug patents
Compensation sought for Federal Court's invalidation of Straterra, Zyprexa patents
By Kazi Stastna, CBC News Posted: Sep 13, 2013 8:44 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 8:37 PM ET
read it: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/09/13/eli-lilly-patent-dispute-nafta.html

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I keep on talking about the ‘six (6) months ‘extraction' clause that was written into the NAFTA agreement’, but I keep on ‘FORGETTING’ to post (make) a link to said clause…SORRY about that FOLKS!!...MY BAD!! :oops:

Now, here is said LINK: http://tcc.export.gov/%5C%5C/Trade_Agreements/All_Trade_Agreements/NAFTA_Part8_Chapter22.asp ;)

It ‘falls’ under Chapter Twenty-Two: Final Provisions 'ARTICLE 2205: Withdrawal' of the NAFTA agreement, which states and I quote:

A Party may withdraw from this Agreement six months after it provides written notice of withdrawal to the other Parties. If a Party withdraws, the Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.


bmxninja357 wrote: 9/13/2013 @ 10:01AM |1,370 views
America's True Power In The NAFTA Century
read it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/09/13/americas-true-power-in-the-nafta-century/

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I showed Canada and MORE IMPORTANTLY Canadians WHAT Canada can do LEGALLY to get out of the NAFTA (agreement)!! To avoid ALL these LAW SUITS that WILL be EVENTUALLY PAID by MOST of the peoples that live in…on the land mass called Canada.

WE WILL have to SHOULDER MORE of this BURDEN through MORE taxes, which will [eventually] lead to HIGHER PRICES for goods and services.

That IS the COST for Canada, on doing business through the NAFTA (agreement).

So, I recommended that Canada SHOULD get the HELL-OUT of NAFTA and that this SHOULD BE DONE as SOON as possible…the SOONER the BETTER in my book!!
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The Nation's Deathbed - Press For Truth

The Nations Deathbed is a documentary about the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership), the protest that occurred in Montebello Quebec in August of 2007 and how it all ties into the agenda for a North American Union.

This film reveals the true story of the horrific events that transpired in Montebello and it also explores the growing resistance movement to the NAU agenda. This is a must see for anyone who truly wants to be informed about the issues that we face as a nation.



10 Reasons Why Canada Should Stop the SPP - pt. 1

MP Peter Julian of the NDP lists 5 of 10 reasons why Canada should not participate in the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership).



10 Reasons Why Canada Should Stop the SPP - pt. 2

MP Peter Julian of the NDP lists the final 5 reasons why Canada should not participate in the SPP (Security and Prosperty Partnership).



Connie Fogal speaks out against the SPP (Security and Prosperty Partnership)

This ia a video created by "drumer4u".
http://www.youtube.com/user/drumer4u

Connie Fogal is the leader of the Canadian Action Party and Canada's strongest voice against the impending North American Union that threatens to take away Canada's sovereignty.

If any Americans are watching this, Connie Fogal is the "Canadian Ron Paul". Both Connie and Ron are among the few politicians strong enough to oppose the North American Union. We MUST support both these political fighters for the Sovereignty of BOTH our great countries.[/b]


http://www.canadianactionparty.org/#!

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrBT7yGzEJU0tEA7CVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0cTRsZ3Q4BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1NNRTc3MV8x?_adv_prop=image&fr=mcafee&va=the+Canadian+Action+Party
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2 years 9 months ago #135018 by verynewtothis
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A North American Union - Discussion with Connie Fogal


I seem to remember a time when the leaders of Canada (Prime minister Stephan Harper) and the US (President George W. Bush) laughed and/or scoffed at the whole idea:

Just goes to show you that NOT all Conspiracy Theories are something to laughed or scoff at. They just might be true and/or real!

United We Fall Full length version

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Published on Jun 30, 2015

When Politicians Use The F-Word


http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2015/07/best-net/watch-when-canadian-politicians-use-f-word



Published on Jan 21, 2015

Lies, Damn Lies, & The F Word

FREE TRADE - The ugly truth about secret deals that kill good Canadian jobs.




This is a LINK to 'The Effects of Free Trade on Canada!!' To be MORE specific, 'The Effects of NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement with the USA on Canada and HOW-TO get Canada OUT OF THAT AGREEMENT: http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/114622-free-trade-nafta-spp-nau-concerning-canada

http://tcc.export.gov/%5C%5C/Trade_Agreements/All_Trade_Agreements/NAFTA_Part5_Chapter11.asp THERE IS IMPORTANT INFO ON THIS CLAUSE BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another so-called ‘Free Trade’ Deal FIPA: http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/114621-another-so-called-free-trade-deal-fipa

This is a LINK to 'What The Heck Is The TPP agreement??': http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/114620-what-the-heck-is-the-tpp-agreement

This is another YouTube video titled: 'CETA: An assault on democracy '

This is a LINK to 'Canada-EU (CETA) - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement': http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/112908-free-trade-nafta-spp-nau-fippa-tpp-and-some-of-the-can-conmen-that-helped-to-erode-canada-s-soverei?start=10#134988



This is yet again another YouTube video titled: 'What is an Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause? '



AS WELL, THERE IS MORE INFO ON THIS CLAUSE BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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No More NAFTAs!
No to CETA-TPP-FIPA-FTA…
Twenty years of a failed free trade agenda is too much. It’s time to say “no” to corporate rights deals!

http://canadians.org/sites/default/files/publications/no-more-NAFTAs.pdf or


For 20 years we have been told by governments and corporations that free trade is good for us. They say increased trade will bring increased prosperity and a better society. They say the benefits of NAFTA, which was signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico 20 years ago this month, cannot be questioned. They were wrong then and they’re even more wrong today.

... Since NAFTA we have seen increased privatization of our health care, education and other social services such as water, transit and energy http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/114609-privatization-canada-everything-must-go .

We’ve witnessed an exodus of good-wage manufacturing and other jobs that have been replaced by part-time, precarious and underpaid work. http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/111555-the-great-canadian-conmen#139021 .

Farmers have seen their farm incomes collapse as corporations consolidate their control of global food systems.

We’ve been hit by dozens of corporate NAFTA lawsuits challenging public interest legislation such as Quebec’s fracking moratorium or bans on toxic chemicals http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/fracking-ban-quebec/ .

The system needs to change. We can’t survive another 20 years of NAFTA and NAFTA-like agreements. But despite all this, the Harper government is rapidly moving the failed free trade model forward in these deals:


ISDS, a clause found in most trade and investment deals like NAFTA, CETA, the Canada-China FIPA and the TPP
is a threat to the democratic and economic independence of a country.

Sign the Council of Canadian's petition to stop CETA at http://www.canadians.org/ceta

Sign Open Media's petition to stop the TPP at https://openmedia.org/censorship

Thanks to the Campact team for this amazing video on ISDS! Support their campaign to stop TTIP at https://www.campact.de/ttip/ (sorry, it is in German)

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Canada biggest target in NAFTA claims
http://nupge.ca/content/12046/canada-biggest-target-nafta-claims

Lawsuits against Canada under NAFTA's Chapter 11: http://tcc.export.gov/%5C%5C/Trade_Agreements/All_Trade_Agreements/NAFTA_Part5_Chapter11.asp , investor-state disputes, are making Canada, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the most "sued country in the developed world." — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Of the 77 known NAFTA investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) claims up to January 1 2015 35 have been against Canada: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/01/13/canada_being_sued_for_billions_under_nafta_investor_protections.html while 20 have targeted the U.S., and 22 have been against Mexico.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties and legal fees

Canada has paid out NAFTA damages totaling over C$172 million, while Mexico has paid damages of US$204 million. The U.S. has yet to lose a NAFTA Chapter 11 case. Hmm...I wonder why that is!?! :evil:

All three governments have incurred tens of millions of dollars in legal costs to defend themselves against investor claims.


Canada most "sued developed country in the world"

The study notes that "Canada has been sued more times and faces more active claims than any other NAFTA party. Indeed, according to the latest figures on ISDS claims from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Canada is now the most sued developed country in the world. This dubious distinction is entirely due to lawsuits under NAFTA chapter 11."

Since 2005, Canada has been the target of over 70 per cent of all NAFTA claims. Currently, Canada faces nine active claims challenging a wide range of government measures that allegedly interfere with the expected profitability of foreign investments. Foreign investors are seeking over $6 billion in damages from the Canadian government.

These claims include challenges to a ban on fracking by the Quebec provincial government and a decision by a Canadian federal court to invalidate a pharmaceutical patent on the basis that it was not sufficiently innovative or useful.

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Corporate rights protections: A primer on investor-state dispute settlement
By Jim Stanford| March 19, 2015
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2015/03/corporate-rights-protections-primer-on-investor-state-dispute-settlement

In light of the latest NAFTA's Chapter 11: http://tcc.export.gov/%5C%5C/Trade_Agreements/All_Trade_Agreements/NAFTA_Part5_Chapter11.asp decision to go against Canada, I was asked to put together some background notes for our Unifor leadership on this bizarre quasi-judicial kangaroo court system. Here they are, in case they are useful for anyone else getting up to speed on the whole investor-state dispute system.

Some very good and more detailed resources on the subject include:

The latest update from Scott Sinclair at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA): http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2015/01/NAFTA_Chapter11_Investor_State_Disputes_2015.pdf , who has painstakingly catalogued all the NAFTA Chapter 11 claims, and documented that Canada definitely hold the "most sued" award. An interesting report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): http://unctad.org/en/publicationslibrary/webdiaepcb2014d3_en.pdf (referenced below) which highlights the worldwide nature of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions, the accelerating pace of claims launched, and the frequency of successful claims.

Here are the briefing notes:

■ Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is a quasi-judicial arbitration system whereby companies can sue national governments for perceived violations of various free-trade and investor freedom commitments.

■ The most infamous example of this system have been experienced under NAFTA, which was one of the first trade deals to spell out these special powers (in its Chapter 11).

■ In the first two decades of NAFTA, 77 claims were launched under Chapter 11's ISDS system (as reported by the CCPA report cited above). Thirty-five of them were against Canada (more than any other country). Of those, at least nine have been settled (either through arbitration or through out-of-court agreements) against Canada, with total monetary damages now approaching $200 million.

■ Claims against Canada under Chapter 11 have been accelerating: 24 of the claims against Canada have been launched in the last decade (since 2005), representing 70 per cent of all Chapter 11 claims. Within NAFTA's kangaroo court system, it is clear that Canada is the favoured "target."

The most recent Chapter 11 judgment awards $17 million to ExxonMobil and Murphy Oil: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/03/13/oil-giants-win-17m-from-ottawa-under-nafta.html in compensation for a provision of the 1985 Atlantic Accord energy agreement, which requires oil-producing companies to conduct minimal R&D in Newfoundland as a condition of their production license. Note that the Atlantic Accord pre-dates NAFTA. Also, the companies had sued Newfoundland in Canadian court to protest the requirement … and lost. So Chapter 11 provided an alternate (and more business-friendly) way to press their same claims.

■ Past Chapter 11 judgments or out-of-court settlements against Canada include: $130 million awarded to Abitibi-Bowater for Newfoundland's expropriation of land and water rights from a pulp mill that the company closed in 2008 (the affected workers were members of the CEP, now part of Unifor); an out-of-court settlement with Ethyl Corp. over a Canadian ban on import and sale of MMT, a chemical additive in gasoline; and a suit by Dow regarding Quebec government claims regarding the safety of the pesticide 2,4-D.

■ The actions currently being pursued against Canada include a total of $6 billion in additional claims, for a range of measures: including Quebec's ban on natural gas fracking; several aspects of Ontario's Green Energy Act; Canada's support for building a second bridge crossing at Windsor-Detroit; and the federal government's invalidation of a drug patent for a product that was clinically shown to be not useful.

■ ISDS provisions are now included in many other free trade and international investment agreements. So while NAFTA unfortunately helped to pioneer the process, unfortunately it is no longer unique.

■ One especially dangerous ISDS provision is contained in the recently implemented Canada-China FIPA (Foreign Investment Protection Agreement): http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/114621-another-so-called-free-trade-deal-fipa . It provides Chinese companies with access to a quasi-judicial ISDS provision for a minimum of 31 years (even if a subsequent Canadian government reneges on the treaty).

■ Globally, over 530 ISDS claims were launched between 2000 and 2013, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The rate of ISDS claims has accelerated (averaging over 50 per year since 2011). Globally, most ISDS claims result in awards or out-of-court settlements against the "offending" governments.

■ Proposals to include ISDS in the proposed Canada-Europe - the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA): http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/112908-free-trade-nafta-spp-nau-fippa-tpp-and-some-of-the-can-conmen-that-helped-to-erode-canada-s-soverei?start=10#134988 have been highly controversial, especially in Europe. Millions of Europeans have signed petitions against any ISDS provision in CETA (or in the similar agreement being negotiated with the U.S.), and several EU-member governments have now said they will not endorse a CETA that includes ISDS. But Canada's government remain determined to include this anti-democratic feature in the agreement.

■ ISDS raised enormous questions of democracy, accountability, and rule of law. The idea was supposedly justified originally by foreign investor concerns that their assets would be jeopardized by unilateral action from undemocratic "third world" governments. But the repeated use of ISDS against Canada and other countries with mature, reliable legal systems confirms that is not the motive. ISDS provides corporations with an undemocratic appointed business-friendly forum in which to press their claims against any government action seen as unfavourable to profits.

■ The regular use of ISDS has an additional "chill" effect on government policy-making, that extends beyond the actual judgments that have been awarded. Governments are now even more reluctant to take any measures opposed by business, for fear of being called before this "kangaroo court" system.

■ An additional complication in Canada arises from the fact that many ISDS actions have been launched against provincial governments, which cannot be constitutionally liable for provisions of an international trade treaty. Thus there is some legal and fiscal uncertainty about who would have to pay ISDS judgments against provincial governments. The Harper government has paid for some past judgements that went against provincial governments (most notably the big Abitibi-Price award), but wants to make it clear the provinces will be on the hook for future judgments (including under CETA). The provinces are resisting, and with good reason.


Jim Stanford is an economist with Unifor Canada.
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