Jerry Dias, Scott Sinclair, Thomas Walkom, Maude Barlow
The Trudeau government should be publicly affirming that it has an exit strategy and is prepared to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) now being renegotiated.
1- Labour rights
Yesterday, Reuters reported, "Canada’s biggest private-sector union [the 310,000 member Unifor] said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards... Jerry Dias, national president of Canadian union Unifor, said NAFTA had been a 'lousy trade agreement for working-class people' and that the union was pushing his government to walk away from the talks if it could not secure them a better deal. 'If labor standards aren’t a part of a trade deal, then there shouldn’t be a trade deal', Dias told reporters in Mexico City on the sidelines of a second round of negotiations to update the 1994 trade agreement among the three countries."