TILMA: a Saskatchewan Party government under Brad Wall "would have been just as secretive"
TILMA: poor reviews
Thursday, May 10, 2007
In the article, "Calvert wrestles with TILMA" (April 21), Leader-Post financial editor Bruce Johnstone said the agreement is "harmless", but neglected to mention some things.
TILMA includes a hit list of "exceptions" for labour standards and codes, minimum wages, employment insurance, social assistance benefits and assistance for academic research or to nonprofit organizations, and environmental measures relating to hazardous and waste materials. The fine print reveals the threat that these will be reviewed annually "with a view to reducing their scope." The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the City of
Yellowknife feels TILMA "will function like a municipal North American Free Trade Agreement, by giving extensive new grounds to the private sector to sue local governments for trade "infractions" such as construction regulations, zoning, quality densification standards" and "would accord private individuals and corporations the extraordinary right to challenge local government land-use planning and other public interest decisions they allege offend the agreement's rules, and to seek up to $5 million in damages arising from each alleged TILMA violation." TILMA supporters fail to mention the Conference Board of Canada's impact assessment of the agreement was thoroughly discredited by two independent analyses, including one by Patrick Grady, a former senior official in the federal Finance Department.
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