Contributor Profile

Marilyn Reid

Marilyn Reid


Marilyn Reid writes from Conception Bay South. She is a member of Citizens against CETA and the Council of Canadians.

Published Articles

  • Lessons from the fight against CETA

    Why has government ignored all information detailing the potential negative consequences of CETA and gleefully implemented legislation to activate it?

    Published on February 21, 2017
  • I remember Occupy

    Have our values and the way we approach activism changed in the past five years?

    Published on January 25, 2017
  • What really prompted Wallonia’s feisty standoff against CETA?

    The Belgian regional government had it right all along on the controversial Canada-European Union trade agreement.

    Published on November 2, 2016
  • The many sides of electoral reform

    What are the chances the Liberal government’s electoral reform initiative will lead to the end of our first-past-the-post system?

    Published on September 20, 2016
  • Brexit, Trumpism, and the challenge to globalism

    The focus on xenophobia as the source of Britain’s exit from the EU and the appeal of Donald Trump conveniently ignores the link many Brits and Americans see between our prevailing globalist ideology and extensive job losses and underemployment.

    Published on August 1, 2016
  • What public consultation on the TPP?

    We went to a federal government-organized ‘public consultation’ on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that the general public didn’t seem to know about. Here’s what went down.

    Published on March 21, 2016
  • Inequality, neoliberalism, and the unmaking of the middle class

    Nowadays middle class values largely conform to the neoliberal ideology that has dominated economic discourse for the past 35 years. In light of our current “fiscal” problems, however, maybe it’s time to evaluate whether this has been in our best interests.

    Published on February 27, 2016
  • Why you need to know about the TPP

    Prominent thinkers are speaking out against it and pro-democracy groups are calling for proper public consultations. But is our government listening?

    Published on January 29, 2016
  • New NAFTA lawsuits reveal disturbing, dangerous trend

    If corporate interests keep suing Canada and other countries under trade agreements like NAFTA, state sovereignty might soon be a thing of the past.

    Published on January 14, 2016
  • The missing election issue: Free Trade’s assault on jobs

    Looking at the election platforms of our three major parties, it becomes clear there are issues that the politicians don’t want to talk about. Unfortunately, they are precisely the issues that most affect the livelihoods of Canadians.

    Published on September 24, 2015
  • Reclaiming democracy

    With an election this fall, 2015 is a big year for Canadian politics and democracy. But how much can really change, even if we do manage to vote Harper out of office?

    Published on June 24, 2015
  • CETA: What government doesn’t want you to know about ISDS lawsuits

    Opposition to CETA is increasingly focusing on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) section. What’s at stake for citizens?

    Published on February 10, 2015
  • CETA: Time to admit it’s an oversold, underhanded deal

    The squabble between the federal and provincial governments over the $280 million MPR package is an opportunity to revisit what we’ve been asked to give up under CETA, and just what we’re getting in return.

    Published on December 15, 2014
  • CETA, temporary workers, and the attack on middle class jobs

    Leaked excerpts of the Canada-EU trade deal reveal serious implications for Canadian workers

    Published on August 19, 2014
  • Trade treaties bloom, sovereignty wilts

    The federal government is engaged in five major “free trade agreements” that threaten the degree of control Canadians have over their land, resources, freedom and future

    Published on June 18, 2014
  • Players, absentees and spectators in the CETA ambush

    Who supports the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and why? Who might have opposed it, but hasn’t? Are there prospects for stopping it?

    Published on March 24, 2014
  • Forfeiting control and the right to litigate

    The federal government doesn’t want us to know how much we’re giving up for CETA. Presented as a “trade agreement” with the European Union, provisions in CETA’s investment chapter undermine our right to regulate and hold transnational corporations accountable for the consequences of their actions

    Published on March 10, 2014
  • CETA will erode our traditional rights

    In the third of this 5-part series: Canadians’ wants and needs may change in the coming two decades, but the constraints under our new treaty with the European Union will not

    Published on March 4, 2014
  • Opening the door to foreign corporate takeover of Canada’s economy

    In the second of this 5-part series: CETA will facilitate the “de-Canadianization” of our industries, a process that could be extremely difficult to reverse

    Published on February 24, 2014
  • CETA “not about trade”

    In the first of this 5-part series: What the North American Free Trade Agreement has taught us, and the implications of another treaty based on the neoliberal “free trade” ideology

    Published on February 17, 2014
  • CETA on our doorstep

    As the enormously controversial Canada-European Union free trade deal looms, details of the negotiations are being kept secret by the federal and provincial governments. At risk are our natural resources and livelihoods.

    Published on June 3, 2013
  • Sleeping through trade agreements, waking up to corporate empire

    May 11 is World Fair Trade Day, a time to talk about trade injustice and Canada’s waning control over its own sovereignty.

    Published on May 11, 2013


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