by Gareth Hughes
If you were wondering about why environmentalists are so concerned about the so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, have a look what is happening in Canada.
This week, an electronic copy of a quietly filed lawsuit was unearthed, exposing the fact that oil and gas company Lone Pine Resources is moving forward with a $250-million North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) lawsuit against Canada. Why is Lone Pine suing Canada? For the “arbitrary, capricious, and illegal revocation of the Enterprise’s valuable right to mine for oil and gas under [Quebec's] Saint Lawrence River.” Lone Pine is suing Canada over Quebec’s timeout on fracking.
Investor state dispute clauses likely in the TPPA agreement challenge the rights of governments to set stronger environmental policies. Along with other pernicious clauses relating to intellectual property, bans on parallel importing and threats to Pharmac.
I think quote sums the concerns up nicely.
Enough is enough. It’s time that governments stop signing trade and investment pacts that put the rights of corporations above the rights of communities and the environment. My right to clean water, clean air, and a healthy planet for my family and community has to come before Lone Pine’s right to mine and profit. Doesn’t it?
It’s time to release the secret text and to let Kiwis decide if they want to sign away their rights to corporations or choose to protect their sovereignty, environment and interests. Take action; send a message to the Government.