Linda Diebel writes in the Toronto Star today that, "A coalition of major Canadian organizations yesterday urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to signal Canada's willingness to renegotiate NAFTA in talks next week with President Barack Obama."
SIGNATORIES TO THE LETTER
"Among the signatories to the letter to Harper are (Common Frontiers), the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (Ontario Chapter), OXFAM Canada, the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Students."
" In a letter sent in the run-up to next Thursday's first visit to Ottawa by the new president, the coalition stresses revisiting NAFTA doesn't mean scrapping it, but rather committing to a 'transparent and comprehensive renegotiation.'"
REMOVE THE ENERGY CLAUSE
"While claiming the deal damages working people in all three signatory nations (Canada, the U.S. and Mexico), it specifically calls for the elimination of the energy clause requiring Canada to continue to export non-renewable resources to the U.S., even in times of crisis."