March 19, 2018

The Canadian Press reports there may be reason to believe a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could be reached in the coming weeks. The 1st round of NAFTA talks took place August 16-20, 2017.

The article notes, "At the conclusion of the [7th] round of negotiations in Mexico earlier this month, U.S. Trade Representative said 'time is running very short' to get a deal before 'political headwinds' — Mexico’s presidential election in July, American midterms in November and provincial elections in Ontario and Quebec — start to complicate matters. For the first time, Lighthizer made public his hope of completing a NAFTA deal — including the legally required six-month congressional consultation period and ratification vote – before a new Congress gets sworn in next January."

That would suggest a deadline of June 30 at the latest.

March 17, 2018

We've joined more than 100 prominent Canadian, Québécois and Indigenous artists who are asking the government to protect culture in NAFTA negotiations.

As you know, renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been at the top of U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda.

While there has been speculation that the negotiations could be put on hold or even collapse, there are now strong indications that what is being described as an “agreement in principle” could be reached by early April.

President Trump is now pushing for a deal to be concluded within weeks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer wants that too, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton says it’s possible and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has commented, “We recognize that the American side is eager to get forward motion on NAFTA. We are too.”

March 17, 2018

What's on the horizon with the 8th round of NAFTA talks tentatively set to begin three weeks from now?

Looming April 30 deadline
BNN reports, "Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said if no deal to rework NAFTA could be struck by April 30, then the new political complexion of the region would cast doubt on how incoming lawmakers would view it in Mexico and the United States. ...[That's because] the regular session of Congress in Mexico ends on April 30, and the country will elect a new president in July who takes office at the start of December. The United States will hold mid-term congressional elections in November."

March 16, 2018

The Victoria chapter and five other Council of Canadians chapters were at the #ProtectTheInlet rally on Burnaby Mountain last weekend.

We begin this update with condolences to the family and friends of former Brockville chapter activist Colin J. Williams who recently passed away at the age of 93.

Here now is a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country:

March 16, 2018

Thank you for supporting local organizing against the pipeline, taking action to protect the climate and drinking water, and ensuring this pipeline is never built.

I was on Burnaby Mountain this past weekend for the massive Kwekwecnewtxw: Protect the Inlet rally to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and wanted to share with you what’s happening next.

Six Council of Canadians chapters – Vancouver-Burnaby, Victoria, Mid-Island (Nanaimo), Cowichan Valley, Delta-Richmond and Chilliwack – along with numerous Council of Canadians supporters like you were there with the 10,000 people who gathered to say “no” to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.