May 25, 2016

TPP trade deal: Liberals tip their hand by “consulting” with anti-trade zealots

Brian LilleyArchive

During last fall’s election, Harper announced that Canada was ready to sign off on a new trade agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). That set off the usual howls of protest from the anti-trade left.

Even south of the border, with an election coming and a new protectionist streak among the Republican base resembling the protectionist streak in the Democratic base, the TPP deal has become known as “ObamaTrade”.

Harper championed the deal as a chance for us to gain access to the Asia Pacific Market, home to 40 percent of all trade. Ignoring the deal altogether could leave us shut out as the U.S. and Australia negotiated preferred access to some of our key markets.

The NDP were generally against it while Liberals, who claim to be the party of free trade despite a record showing the opposite, said they weren’t against it but wanted to see the details and consult with Canadians.

Well, now they’ve seen the details and still don’t say much beyond the “consult with Canadians” line. So I decided to look and see who they were consulting, and it worries me.

So far, the Liberals seem to be speaking with every anti-trade union, student group and left wing environmentalist group they can while ignoring the business community and average Canadians.

Watch as I detail who International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is consulting on the TPP and who she isn’t consulting.

One of the few Chambers she consulted with wasn’t even Canadian. That was the L.A. Chamber meeting invented by her staff to justify her vanity trip to appear on Bill Maher’s show!

Also on the list, notoriously anti-trade, far left political action committee, Council of Canadians.

This isn’t about average Canadians or business. It’s about consulting all the right, or all the LEFT people, to make sure the trade deal is shut down because the Liberals don’t want to be seen as for OR against it.

Whether or not it’s a good deal doesn’t really matter to the Liberals. They’re using these sham consultations to claim they heard from Canadians and that they rejected it.

The fact that they’re mainly talking to anti-trade zealots will be ignored by most, including the media, who won’t notice or care that these “consultations” are a set up, like asking turkeys to vote for Thanksgiving. It’s never going to happen.

So expect this trade deal to be shut down without ever knowing what it’s really about other than the Liberals’ far left allies never liked it to begin with.

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commented 2016-05-27 08:16:58 -0400
I have been a conservative all my life and respect the Rebel media however on this one I believe Brian Lilley is wrong. I agree with Richard David Vanderlubbe. This so called trade deal is 20%about trade and 80% treaty. It was written by the big multinationals and when we sign off on it we lose all power of negotiations to to the big corporations. It is a loss of sovereignty. Donald Trump says it is a bad deal not that it is unfair to the US, but it is a loss of sovereignty for all nations involved. This TPP and the TAP is like the closing deal to one world government.
Do not kid yourself! The Liberals will sign this deal as Trudeau is totally bought and paid for by foreign interests and is bent on destroying Canada as we know it. Don’t forget Trudeau’s best buddy Obama has pushed hard for this treaty. Our best hope is that Trump gets in and destroys all these trade deals.
commented 2016-05-27 08:05:24 -0400
Well the Liberals and “The Donald” may have some common, but Junior and the rest of the Ottawa Hillbillies still won’t be getting another state dinner.
commented 2016-05-27 00:52:39 -0400
Socialism is obviously very undesirable. But on the flip side, we have corporatists, who pose as the alternative to socialism… But their goals are the same as socialists: To use legislation and the state as a means of enriching themselves. Crony Capitalism by way of unaccountable multinational corporations is not a favorable alternative to socialism. Bring on the free market, stop pretending we need secret “trade deals” as a means for having free trade. Free Trade means no fucking “duty”, “VAT”, “fees”, “brokerage”, no TPP.
commented 2016-05-27 00:44:08 -0400
Once upon a time, there was a 13 year old boy named Richard, and he signed a contract with a pimp who demanded a cut of Richard’s income for the rest of his life. I shouldn’t say the pimp’s name, but his initials are C.R.A.

Now one day, Richard got to thinking, what fucking contract between a 13 year old and an adult is valid? For what reason do I allow myself to be robbed by an entity that floods us with third-world jihadists, overthrows secular nations by arming jihadists? What does a corporation that’s 620 Billion dollars in debt have to offer me?

Based on what I’ve seen up to now, should I expect this “trade deal” will be any fucking different?
commented 2016-05-26 19:00:13 -0400
So now in todays Sun Paper, Justin and Chrystia are talking about trying to convince the G7 to “invest” in government spending as a way to stimulate the global economy. JT was saying this is a “New” plan. Except it is not, Japan tried to do just that over three decades ago. The first decade was called the “lost” decade. It has been three decades with nothing to show for it but massive debts and credit downgrades. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland was ironically comparing Canada’s lower debt to per capita ratio and it’s better credit rating, while at the same time saying we should follow Japan’s failed example. And some thing about the resistance the UK and Germany will have to this horrible plan? The irony likely escapes her, the reason we have less debt and a better credit rating is because we had a sensible government that did not needlessly “invest” in public spending sprees. Duhh… People this dumb should never be in charge of any economy. Period.
commented 2016-05-26 17:50:01 -0400
Another poor little rich girl that likes to tell others what to do. I was wondering for a while there, whether or not she had another dress, other than that same boring red one. She has no qualifications for this position what-so-ever. She’s an American transplant, just like Dizzy May.
commented 2016-05-26 17:38:29 -0400
Freeland wouldn’t be worthy of representing or managing a Popsicle stand on a school playground, never-mind our government. What an utter disgrace this stupid, ignorant, repulsive, narcissistic, petulant child is. It is sickening to observe her constant groveling and groping for attention and clamoring for popularity and some form of relevance, all-the-while, bankrolled by taxpayers.
commented 2016-05-26 16:46:35 -0400
It burns me every time I hear or see these Liberal ‘ministers’ called “Honorable”. None of them from the ‘Honorable’ selfie jerk Justie to the most junior minister is ‘Honorable’ and worthy of any respect certainly not the buffoon Chrystia Freeland.
All of them are as about honorable as a turd.
commented 2016-05-26 11:50:12 -0400
@ Dirty Harry

Sure they consult Canadians … the ones that agree with them.
commented 2016-05-26 11:48:55 -0400
@ Canadian Mongrel

Are you saying that Ho Hum’s “you disagree with me, so you are a [insert insult here]!” argument is not persuading you? Why not, it is such an intellectually compelling argument?
commented 2016-05-26 11:45:49 -0400
We know the Liberals don’t consult Canadians for anything. Like them trying to change our electoral system. This woman is another dingbat in the Liberal Caucus of the House of Clowns.
commented 2016-05-26 11:45:14 -0400
Just looking at this liberal ho makes me sick to my stomach!
commented 2016-05-26 10:01:37 -0400
I see that Ho Hum uses the subtle argument of logic common to the illiterate socialists and liberals.

It is so boring…ho hum.
commented 2016-05-26 02:45:35 -0400
All anyone needs to know about TPP is that Donald Trump is firmly against it.

The fact that Brian Lilley is such a big cheerleader for TPP tells me Lilley is a STUPID CUCK!!!
commented 2016-05-25 22:50:11 -0400
The fools on the hill
commented 2016-05-25 22:44:29 -0400
Horse drawn wagons,wood stoves
commented 2016-05-25 20:16:38 -0400
I have a hard time believing that the Liberals will reject the deal. Although I suspect a majority of Canadians do, in fact oppose the TPP (since the great unwashed are economically illiterate), a grown-up will probably tell Justin at some point exactly what will happen if the deal goes through and Canada isn’t in on it. (All manufacturing will leave the country pretty much overnight.)
commented 2016-05-25 19:53:38 -0400
I note that Freeland has cold shouldered Bill Browder over the Magnitsky Treaty that had Oligarcal Russians that murdered Magnitsky banned from travel to the West. Her colleague Clueless Dion rescinded the signing of the treaty at Baby Doc’s command.

Yet Browder recognized Freeland as one of the main reasons the treaty succeeded in his book, ‘Red Notice’.

Guess it goes to show that the bitch in red is only for what works for the bitch in red at the time to satisfy her narcissism. Good match for being in Baby Doc’s cabinet. I wonder if she has been serviced by the boss yet.
commented 2016-05-25 19:32:56 -0400
The silly cow goes on these finger-banging safaris to commie echo chambers because she hasn’t the dimmest earthy concept of global economics or domestic economic needs – we are a net exporter with over 89% of our GDP bought in foreign markets – how is protectionism not a disaster for us dimbulb?.

That said, I thought the proposed TPP gave away too much of our economic sovereignty for the gains – but seeing how the Librano-Globalists are intent on deep sixing the Western Canadian petro industry, denying them life saving Asian markets is the incentive behind the Librano protectionism. The resource exports in this deal would have put new life in the west and northern Man/Ont/Que mining and refining which would benefit domestic trade unions.

I would not sign onto TPP as is, but with some changes to give domestic companies the same legal rights as foreign corporations acting in this agreement, this thing could work to rid us of soviet-style supply management, command economics and commodity price fixing – I certainly like the idea of a company being able to sue government for losses as a result of capricious legislating or screwing with price controls. I say go for it – Obama is to save the Dem’s butt from owning the stagnation of the US economy and double digit unemployment.

But these are not trade unions, these are Marxist solidarity unions and think tanks – they will rubber stamp anything the Liberals want for expanded entitlements.
commented 2016-05-25 19:02:08 -0400
You’re a national treasure, Brian! Every time I watch one of your videos, I learn something new and disturbing about what our Liberal government is doing. The traditional media can only gush about how wonderful Sonny Boy is but TheRebel is actually doing the grunt work of real journalism to find out what is actually happening behind the scenes. It’s not pretty either.

I’ve long had the feeling that the real opposition party in this country – and others, like the US – is not the parties that got fewer votes in the last election but the traditional media. If they hate the government in power, they make that very clear and very quickly. But if they love the government in power because it mirrors their own views, they abandon journalism in favour of gushing over the party in power (in Canada) or running interference for that party (in the US where Obama can do no wrong and any criticism of his policies is deflected with cries of racism). Mainstream journalists today are really no more than “activists with bylines”, only a very thin pretense of objectivity remains.
commented 2016-05-25 19:00:13 -0400
“It’s like asking the turkeys voting for Thanksgiving. It’s never going to happen!”

Good one, Brian! I needed that hearty belly laugh.