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Non-Elected EU Technocrats Trying to Sneak Failed ACTA Treaty Into Canadian via EU/Canada Trade Agreement

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While Canadians enjoy their brief summer, EU and Canadian politicians are PRIVATELY hard at work aiding the “Corporate Lickspittles” – as our friends at Boing Boing politely refer to them -to sneak the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that ELECTED officials in the EU REJECTED by an OVERWHELMING majority.

Dr. Michael Geist (law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law) reports:

Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject ACTA, striking a major blow to the hopes of supporters who envisioned a landmark agreement that would set a new standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. The European Commission, which negotiates trade deals such as ACTA on behalf of the European Union, has vowed to revive the badly damaged agreement. Its most high-profile move has been to ask the European Court of Justice to rule on ACTA’s compatibility with fundamental European freedoms with the hope that a favourable ruling could allow the European Parliament to reconsider the issue.

While the court referral has attracted the lion share of attention, there is an alternate secret strategy in which Canada plays a key role. According to recently leaked documents, the EU plans to use the Canada – EU Trade Agreement (CETA), which is nearing its final stages of negotiation, as a backdoor mechanism to implement the ACTA provisions.

The CETA IP chapter has already attracted attention due to EU pharmaceutical patent demands that could add billions to provincial health care costs, but the bigger story may be that the same chapter features a near word-for-word replica of ACTA. According to the leaked document, dated February 2012, Canada and the EU have already agreed to incorporate many of the ACTA enforcement provisions into CETA, including the rules on general obligations on enforcement, preserving evidence, damages, injunctions, and border measure rules. One of these provisions even specifically references ACTA. My post includes a comparison table of ACTA and the leaked CETA chapter.

via Boing Boing

It’s time for Canadians to demand that ALL trade agreements must be brought before the House of Commons to be debated and passed. It should be obvious to everyone in the free world that the corporate locusts have found a nearly perfect way to get their our private laws passed by way of trade agreements. Any trade agreement that requires a change to Canadian law MUST be brought to Parliament for a formal debate and vote to close this dangerous corruption of the democratic process.

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Written by mattliving

July 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

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