Cutting through the spin on CETA series

This 5-part series published in the Independent examines the reticent nature of a treaty that threatens Canada's economic sovereignty.

Part 1: CETA "not about trade"

What the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has taught us, and the implications of another treaty based on the neoliberal “free trade” ideology.

Part 2: Opening the door to foreign corporate takeover of Canada's economy

CETA will facilitate the “de-Canadianization” of our industries, a process that could be extremely difficult to reverse.

Part 3: CETA will erode our traditional rights

Canadians’ wants and needs may change in the coming two decades, but the constraints under our new treaty with the European Union will not.

Part 4: Forfeiting control and the right to litigate

The federal government doesn't want us to know how much we're giving up for CETA. Presented as a "trade agreement" with the European Union, provisions in CETA's investment chapter undermine our right to regulate and hold transnational corporations accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Part 5: Players, absentees and spectators in the CETA ambush

Persuading the average Canadian to take a closer look at the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is an uphill challenge, partly because people are skeptical about how damaging a trade agreement can actually be. Tariffs and quotas, imports and exports – where’s the deep menace in that?