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Council poll shows support for renegotiating Chapter 11 of NAFTA

The Globe and Mail reports today that, “A new poll of Americans and Canadians by Environics has found that more than 70 per cent of respondents in both countries want restrictions on the ability of energy companies to use the North American free-trade agreement to sue governments over their environmental-protection polices.”

The page four article continues, “The survey was commissioned for the Council of Canadians, an Ottawa-based nationalist group, which said the results indicate widespread public support for renegotiating what are known as the investor protection provisions in Chapter 11 of NAFTA…The Council is using the poll, which it is releasing today, to support its campaign to have U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper discuss renegotiating the NAFTA provision at their meeting scheduled for later this month (on February 19).”

The article concludes with, “The poll also found overwhelming support among Canadians for a green-jobs program of the kind touted by the Obama administration involving investments in wind and solar energy and energy efficiency, with more than nine out of 10 in favour.”

The full article is at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.wpoll09/BNStory/National/home

The Council of Canadians media release on this poll can be read at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/09/c6514.html