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Canada Possibly Sells Out on ACTA to Get Keystone Approval

This past week has been full of some very interesting coincidences.  Within hours of each other the US approves the Keystone pipeline as being environmentally sound and full approval is expected soon.  Then the Canadian Government moves to introduce Bill C-56, which is to bring our laws within compliance with ACTA.

For those following the copyright debates closely in Canada, Canada has been under immense pressure to beef up it’s copyright laws, and the US has been demanding ACTA style reforms for several years.  With the EU backing out of ACTA negotiations, it’s made the trade agreement pretty much moot.  Canada has remained silent among massive international outcry in the EU on ACTA, and has not refused to back away from it (probably to use ratification as a bargaining chip).  So why revive a dead treaty?

The Keystone project in the US has been under some very interesting opposition from key states, regulators and groups within the US.  There has been a huge diplomatic push by Canadian businesses, Provinces and the Feds lately in Washington for Keystone.  One of the key diplomatic  issues the US has with Canada is with intellectual property rights. One of the key diplomatic issues Canada has with the US is Keystone approval.  I find it very coincidental that both of these major diplomatic issues could have been resolved as quickly as they have and announcements of the possible resolutions of these diplomatic issues came within mere hours of each other.

A lot of this is just pure speculation, but watching and reading about these two diplomatic issues for years now, it’s a bit hard to leave this as mere coincidence.  If my hunch is correct, we should see full Keystone Pipeline approval, shortly before or after ratification of ACTA.

Focusing on an earlier post, it seems quite right that the EU media are concerned with respect to bringing in ACTA provisions in CETA and TAFTA.  This could get very interesting in the near future.

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