Trade Justice Group

Current Activities

The Trade Justice Group and the Electoral Reform Group are meeting with local MPs to raise concerns about the various trade agreements and electoral reform.

Our latest meeting was with David Christopherson, NDP MP in Hamilton Centre on May 25. This completes our second round of meetings with the 6 area MPs.

Current Events

Council of Canadians Hamilton Chapter Meeting Tuesday, April 25 @ 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians will take place on Tuesday, April 25th at 639 Main St. East at 7 p.m. (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, between Wentworth and Sherman, close to Burris. Enter via back entrance).

Our guest speaker for this meeting is Sujata Dey, the trade Campaigner at the Council of Canadians. 


Sujata will be presenting by SKYPE from her home in Montreal. The title of her presentation is Do you hear the people sing;  Defeating NAFTA, TPP and CETA. Sujata will be updating us on the status of these trade agreements.

Please join us on April 25 and bring your trade questions and concerns..

General Information

The Trade Justice Group focuses on international trade agreements and works to raise awareness on how they impact our City and Canada.

We believe that trade is important to the Canadian economy to the extent that it enriches communities, respects democracy, and preserves our shared natural environment. But free trade agreements signed by Canada and other countries in the past 30 years have had the opposite effect.

From the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement of 1988, through NAFTA, the WTO and Canada’s many Foreign Investment Protection Agreements, to today’s bilateral, European Union and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, these deals enrich multinational corporations at the expense of the vast majority of people and the planet. In fact, these old and new agreements are better understood as corporate rights deals.

The Council of Canadians believes trade agreements should be made by and for people, not corporations. We campaign to make trade deals fair, and trade policy open and democratic.

Various International Trade Agreements

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
If signed, CETA could unfairly restrict how local governments spend money and ban “buy local” policies, add hundreds of millions of dollars to the price of drugs, create pressure to increase privatization of local water systems, transit and energy, and much more. The secret negotiating process, as well as the overall corporate agenda behind these next generation deals, are an affront to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. CETA will eventually be signed and brought to Parliament for ratification, but it is essential that we have an opportunity to review, revise or even reject CETA before it gets to that point.

In Hamilton, our City Council voted yes on a motion (led by Councillor Brian McHattie) to ask the provincial government to have Hamilton excluded from CETA and  requesting “an immediate briefing from the Provincial Government on the status of the Canada-EU trade negotiations and how municipal governments will be affected.”   To read the motion, click here.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is 12-nation (and counting) free trade and corporate rights deal that is being led by the United States but also includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Thailand, The Philippines and South Korea have also expressed interest in joining the talks, which would eclipse the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the ways democracy would be constrained in the interests of multinational corporations.

Of the 26 chapters currently being negotiated in the TPP, only two have to do with trade. The other 24 deal with issues as diverse as how a government regulates corporate activity, what Crown corporations can and cannot do, how long pharmaceutical patents or copyright terms should be, how the Internet is governed, the sharing of personal information across borders, banking and taxation rules, and when a company or investor should be compensated when environmental or public health policies interfere with profits.   Read more.


Recent Articles & Blogs

Hamilton Chapter scores a big win against TPP

CoC Blog about the regional TPP rally on Nov. 5, 2016