October 8th, 2015

NDP REALITY CHECK: Tech leaders say TPP bad for innovation

Stephen Harper is trying to tell Canadians that his deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the best deal Canada can get, and has universal support. It’s just not true.

Jim Balsillie, Blackberry co-founder says the deal locks in US dominance of intellectual property, locking Canadian innovators into perpetual second place:

Basically the U.S. wanted a bunch of rules to lock in their leadership… I can say with 99-per-cent certainty that 99 per cent of the rules were taken from the U.S… When you force harmonization when somebody’s in a dominant position, it means they spread their dominance; ostensibly it’s sold as efficiency. (Globe and Mail, October 7, 2015)

We already know this is a bad deal for our automotive and farming sector. Experts are now confirming it’s bad for our innovation sector as well.

Tom Mulcair won’t be bound by Stephen Harper’s bad deal. He’ll fight hard for Canadian jobs and stand up for families.