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Asking for Trouble: The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement

Report by Ellen Gould

Ellen Gould’s report argues against the implementation of the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) between the governments of BC and Alberta. The author questions the value of the TILMA, specifically whether it is too heavily balanced in favour of private interests while undermining public concerns. Gould contends that the agreement aims to do away with any limits on trade or investment, whereas by their very nature government programs and crown corporations place limits on trade and investment. Consequently, he asserts that the TILMA undermines government programs and crown corporations in favour of private investment. Moreover, she argues that the TILMA not only aims to cut out “unnecessary paper burden,” but in fact implements a broad deregulatory framework. Gould also points to the dispute-resolution process, whereby private interests may challenge governments as an obstacle to public policy that will hinder government ability to address real concerns. She concludes that the TILMA does not only do away with government regulations over trade but also diminishes government powers to address essentially political issues.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Ellen Gould;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2007; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Western Canada
Policy Articles / Economy / Provincial Economy
Policy Articles / Economy
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral
Policy Articles / Economy / Provincial Economy / 2007
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Western Canada / 2007


Keywords / Tags:

BC; Alberta; trade; investment; labour mobility; democracy; trade agreements; private interests; cross border trade; provincial economy;