From an email sent out to members.
Over the summer, I’ve been reading the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement — and one thing’s become clear: as it stands, New Zealand shouldn’t sign this agreement.
Labour has always supported free trade and we always will. But the TPPA does more than just deal with trade. It undermines our democracy and our sovereignty.
It prevents future governments passing laws in the best interests of New Zealanders, under the threat of being sued by overseas corporations. It means we won’t be able to stop non-resident foreigners from buying Kiwi homes. And it also means that people who don’t even live here have the right to have a say on many of our laws.
Over the coming months, Labour will continue to raise these issues about the TPPA as National tries to ram it through.
But our opposition will be much stronger with tens of thousands of Kiwis standing with us.
In Government, we’ll go back to the TPPA partners and renegotiate the deal to make sure New Zealand’s sovereignty is protected. And as Prime Minister I will never back down on making laws in the interests of New Zealanders.