Trade For Services Agreement
Reality: TISA does not hang or encourage the deregulation of services. Canada`s regulatory system is one of the most advanced in the world in terms of transparency and predictability. The good regulatory practices used by the various Canadian regulators are often used to establish the criteria for the development of international business disciplines, and not the other way around. As in all of Canada`s existing free trade agreements, including TISA, Canada reserves the right to administer the Investment Canada Act. This allows the Canadian government to review foreign investment to ensure security and “net benefits” to our economy, while reflecting the current level of openness to investment in most service sectors. Additional policy flexibility is maintained for certain sensitive sectors (e.g. Β air and sea transport). In addition, Canada is a strong supporter of greater transparency in trade in services. It requires all Contracting Parties to publish proposed laws and regulations in advance and to allow interested parties to comment on those proposed laws and regulations. Canada also applies domestic regulatory rules to ensure transparency and objectivity of licensing and qualification requirements for certain services, while respecting and granting each party`s right to regulation in the public interest. These campaigns can delay, modify and derail trade agreements. TTIP negotiations have stalled, thanks in large part to citizens` awareness and campaigns.
TJM will work with social movements to do the same for TiSA. Moreover, these changes could have been irreversible after TiSA opened the markets, given that the tiSA proposals contained “fixed assets” and “ratchet” clauses that expressly prevent the withdrawal of privatization or liberalization after their implementation. This is a one-way street to a more open service economy, where rules seem to meet the “needs” of global businesses, while citizens may struggle to regulate or renationalise the services they depend on. TiSA could have a significant impact on sectors such as financial services, telecommunications (including the Internet) and public services such as healthcare. The agreement is likely to hamper the privatization of public services, impede regulation and grant international investors rights that go far beyond the rights of most citizens. Transport services are divided into three separate annexes: international maritime transport services, air services and road transport services. Myth: TISA will undermine the protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Reality: Canada protects the rights of Indigenous peoples in all of its international trade agreements. TISA commitments do not affect Canada`s ability to deliver new and existing benefits and benefits to Indigenous peoples at the federal, provincial, territorial or local levels.
In order to preserve the constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples and to preserve policy flexibility with respect to Indigenous issues, Canada`s traditional approach in its free trade agreement is to include exceptions to Indigenous groups in the areas of services and investment, government procurement, and government business enterprises. Myth: TISA will force the Canadian government to deregulate Canada`s service industry. . . .