Elizabeth May says TPP deal is dangerous: “Milk that includes hormones needs to be kept out of Canada”

On Friday, October 23rd, 2015 in Press Releases, Publications, TPP
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OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party (Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement after news that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would allow milk that includes hormones into Canada:

“In 1999, Health Canada banned bovine growth hormones (rBST), because of animal welfare concerns, including an increased risk of mastitis, a painful bacteria inflection that affects the udders, a 50 percent increase risk of clinical lameness, and shorter lifespans for cows. I played a key role in keeping the bovine growth hormone out of Canada as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada.

“In Canada it is still illegal to use bovine growth hormone to increase milk production, yet the TPP would allow milk with this hormone into Canada. We really do not know the affects of this hormone on humans, which is one of the reasons why Europe has already banned rBST. The International Agency for Research in Cancer has concerns that rBST increases cancer in humans. Milk that includes hormones needs to be kept out of Canada.”

“The Green Party has serious concerns with the fundamentally undemocratic and non-transparent nature of the negotiations surrounding the TPP. At this point, the TPP is an agreement only in principle. The Green Party will work in Parliament to ensure that an open and transparent debate takes place before any vote to reject or ratify the agreement,” said Paul Manly, Green Party International Trade Critic.

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  • jackal

    I’ll pass this on in a letter to the editor of the local papers.
    There are many other concerns with th TTP. Please have someone research it in more detail and pass the results on to us.

  • Guy

    We must re-assess the TPP if not indeed dismiss it entirely .International trade deals should not be made behind closed doors.If I remember correctly ,NAFTA was and election issue ,not that TPP compares, but the TPP was done in secrecy .Nothing new for the Harperites.

  • claudews

    The question is VERY simple:
    WHO BENEFITS FROM THE TPP?
    The Canadian citizens? Absolutely not.

    To me, there’s no debates. I’m against it.

    But the question that really itch:
    How is it that a government elected by the people, and supposed to represent the interests of its electors, is even considering the TPP deal???

    • Concerned Citizen

      Yes, scrap the deal that benefits only the multinational companies at the
      expense of every Canadian Citizen.
      Don’t waste another dollar researching such an undemocratic deal.

  • ILUVmyCountry

    GOV’TS IN POWER ALWAYS SEEM TO ACT AS THOUGH THIS OR THAT TRADE DEAL IS THE BEST EVER. WE HAVE BEEN SUED 35 TIMES, MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN REGARDS TO THE ISDS PROVISION. WHAT A WASTE OF TAX-PAYERS’ MONEY. WHY GO AHEAD WITH THE SAME CONDITIONS? WALK AWAY AND START A NEW DEAL.

  • Esa T. Hermikari

    We should have learned a lesson from the “free trade” deal of 1988 brought to us by “another stupid lawyer” Everyone knows about the soft wood lumber issue. I was at the opening of Peter Nygard’s new Canadian HQ in Toronto, where he explained to the assemblage how Canada’s garment industry would be decimated. And, we have seen that. Deals pushed by “the big players” the multi-nationals, should never get more than a quick glance. They always look after their own interests, not “mom and pop” And as for the touted “savings for “consumers” in the TPP ….. give your head a shake. Any small savings on bananas or whatever, will always get sucked up by the middlemen. BUT the worst part is, why do our Elected representatives keep getting conned by all these managed trade deals, sold as “free trade” As for integrity in politicos, notice what just happened with the Panama Papers. It took less than a week for the PM of Iceland to step down. There was an example in Finland not many years ago, and likely lots around the world. SO, why do we here in Canada and the U.S. put up with the constant long cons, year after year…. ?

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