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on equal footing” (1), well once again that assumption is wrong, there are large imbalances of power at play. However, the regulations may abide considerably resilient for Japan and the US, more fragile countries will be compelled into positions of comprimization. Realistically speaking, APEC is the undertaking of the more wealthy, powerful countries to pry open the less powerful and less well-to-do economies in the region of the Asia Pacific. nations. It’s inevitable Endeavours to make any positive modifications to the agreement are fruitless, since the entire founding of APEC is defective from the outset. It is therefore no surprise that Canadian participation, thus far, has done nothing but serve to promote APEC’s corporate agenda. Canadian, Australian and US business

interests are encouraging other APEC involved countries to liberalize their economies rapidly, more rapidly than these other countries would like. The Canadian government has declared that it does not have a will to take on critical social issues within APEC. Canada is even becoming worse then America in regard to overlooking the abuse to human rights within countries such as China. What if APEC decided to take a positive stand on these imperative issues, would we as Canadians really want corporations to be sharing the responsibility of making decisions about certain issues, for example, environmental protection? Increased Prosperity for Everyone The only people who are going to see increased prosperity from APEC are investors and the business elite. And it will be only be

attained at our cost, that of the people. Ever since the Canada – US free trade agreement, income of the most impoverished 20% of Canadians has dropped 20%, yet businesses have been seeing record profits. This decrease in working conditions wages and will continue due to APEC. In order to stay in competition with labourers in nations such as Indonesia, it will be compulsory for labour to be paid for in allowances, it is in countries like Indonesia where you can get killed for attempting to institute a union. Child labour, and sweat shops and those types of working conditions is promoted by APEC. Companies like Nike have been losing customers and potential investors due to these subhuman labour practices. People linger entangled in poverty, mean while the planet is losing more

and more of it’s boarders for capital and corporations. APEC is not increasing prosperity for everyone, it seems to be increasing poverty if anything. (1) There are No Alternatives Not having APEC is an alternative in itself. There are numerous conferences and international organizations who’s goals are making the world a better place to do business. If there is a possibility to reduce government budgets and tariffs, then why isn’t there a will to reduce the size of the military and poverty? Why can’t we negotiate the dismantling of corporate rule if negotiations of “Free Trade” are possible . There are paradigms out there for Fair Trade. Where there is a will there is a way, nothing is impossible. In conclusion, the question “Can the Canadian government maintain

its commitment to globalization without compromising its stand on human rights and why or why not?” has been answered and proven. It is very obvious that Canada can not maintain it’s commitment to globalization without taking away peoples human rights and it’s all because APEC and the effects it has on the business world. Bibliography 1) APEC FACT SHEET – html://www.cs.ubc.ca/spider/fuller/APEC_Alert/fact_sheet.html 2) Tujan, Antonio, APEC and Imperialist Globilization html://www.cs.ubc.ca/spider/fuller/APEC_Alert 3) The APEC AGENDA – July 1997 – www.vcn.bc.ca/workers/wk_ngo2.html 4) Clark, Tony, Unmasking the Political Agenda of Transnational Corporations in APEC and the Process of Globization 333