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Thursday, August 02, 2007 

Saskatchewan Will NOT Sign Flawed Trade Deal With Alberta And B. C.

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it will not sign onto The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) between Alberta and British Columbia. That is a VERY good thing.

Only the most ideological right wing free market type defends Tilma. The so called 'trade agreement' is more a 'bill of corporate rights' which has numerous mechanisms for businesses and corporations to challenge provincial or municipal government decisions.

Here is an example. In the two provinces where Tilma exists, let's say a school board decided that it wanted to remove soft drink vending machines and replace them with machines that sell fruit juice. Well, Tilma allows that to occur provided the school board pays damages and reparations to the soft drink company that will now 'lose' business as result of the local government decision.

No thanks! The last thing we need in Saskatchewan - or Canada for that matter, is more and more 'rights' for corporations.

Tilma may have some benefits but they smokescreen the essence of the agreement which is the ability for corporate entities to gouge us even more then the already gouge us!

-CBC
-Government of Saskatchewan
-Saskatoon Star Phoenix
-canadaeast.com



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