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the Trans-Pacific Partnership

ndrwrld

TRIBE Member
now that details are confirmed, figured it deserved it's own spot on here.

Canada will be forced to accept unlimited number of TFWs under TPP | ThinkPol
Section 12-A. Canada Temporary Entry for Business Persons states:

Canada shall grant temporary entry and provide a work permit or work authorization to Professionals and Technicians and will not:
(a) require labour certification tests or other procedures of similar intent as a condition for temporary entry; or
(b) impose or maintain any numerical restriction relating to temporary entry.

The government will also be forced to issue work permits to spouses of the TFWs coming under the TPP.

Canada shall grant temporary entry and provide a work permit or work authorization to spouses of Professionals and Technicians of another Party where that Party has also made a commitment in its schedule for spouses of Professionals and Technicians, and will not:
(a) require labour certification tests or other procedures of similar intent as a condition for temporary entry; or
(b) impose or maintain any numerical restriction relating to temporary entry.

this is a fucking disaster.

for sure, way more to come on this...
 

praktik

TRIBE Member
Will be interesting to see what happens - basically now we are entering a new period of horse trading:

In Country A - companies in a market made more vulnerable are now crying to Country A about how they could sell them out and to water down or rollback the promise to open this market - meanwhile in Country B, the companies that benefit from access to that same market in Country A are lobbying country B to support the deal and ensure that happens. Even so, back in Country A companies that benefit from increased access in other countries are lobbying to close the deal as quickly as possible - and back in Country B there are other companies that can anticipate harm to their bottom line from increased foreign access to their markets and are lobbying to remove the line-items that open their markets to foreigners.

Each country has a mix of internal stakeholders that have been hurt/helped by the deal as it stands - and all are now engaged in deep lobbying to protect their interest.​

This is essentially an ongoing competition amongst elites - the corporations, their lobbies and the politicians that vie to protect their relevant interests. In this competitive mix we can see the lie that these types of deals are reflective of a Monolithic New World Order and old-fashioned top-down dictates from some nefarious central - it IS very much part of the New World Order - but this order is a fractured, competitive place.

And in this complex interplay between elites within nations and also amongst nations, Canada's status as a middle power is made more obvious. For however the interests jockey inside our own country - the power of Canada to amend the deal according to the outcome of this internal lobbying is limited. A country like the US - much more used to exercising its whims over trade in any way it feels like at the time - can have a better chance at altering the deal, should acutely affected stakeholders yell loudly enough into the ears of the right politicians...
 
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