POWELL RIVER, B.C.—The Trudeau government is hell bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements, CETA and the TPP, that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians know about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts. The first order irresponsibility is the media’s absolute determination to cast these deals as “trade deals” when even a casual reading of them reveals that they are corporate rights agreements which, because they are treaties, trump our courts and constitution. They are, in large part investment protection agreements—protecting the largest corporations in the world from citizens who have the temerity to desire laws and regulations protecting their health, environment and quality of life.
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