Trudeau's progress on drinking water advisories is misleading and the government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline - without Indigenous consent - is further putting drinking water for First Nations at risk.
The Council of Canadians is engaging in multiple ways in these key struggles with imminent dates over the next ten weeks:
1- NAFTA talks (May 21)
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will resume on May 7 with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggesting a deal will need to be reached within two weeks (May 21) or the talks will be delayed until 2019 after the Mexican presidential election (July 1) and the US midterm elections (November 6). The Council of Canadians has just released a major report on NAFTA's energy proportionality clause worsening climate change and joined with the Canadian Labour Congress, Unifor, CUPE and numerous other allies demanding that the Trudeau government remove the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provision.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has dealt another blow to environmental protection – and likely to the pocket books of Canadians. In response, Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "Disgraceful!".
The Federal Court of Canada ruled today on a challenge relating to a controversial proposed quarry on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.
The Trudeau government has now tabled its Bill C-76, the Elections Modernization Act.
On April 30, CBC reporter Aaron Wherry noted, "The Trudeau government is proposing to limit the length of federal election campaigns, restrict the amount of spending allowed in the period immediately before a campaign and introduce new rules to regulate third-party political activity — all part of a new set of reforms to Canada's elections laws."