January 15, 2018

It can be difficult to discern what's happening with the North American Free Trade Agreement talks in advance of the 6th round of negotiations in Montreal this coming January 23-28, but this is what we can piece together:

As we noted in this blog last week, the 'poison pill' demands being made by the Trump administration are still on the table.

But on Thursday (January 11), The Globe and Mail reported, "Canada is working on a proposal to boost the amount of North American-made content in cars and trucks manufactured in the NAFTA zone, sources say, in a bid to break the deadlock over one of the most contentious subjects in the trade deal's renegotiation. Ottawa is also crafting a series of potential compromises on the North American free-trade agreement's dispute-resolution provisions [Chapters 11, 19 and 20], another major sticking point in the talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico."

January 13, 2018

The Council of Canadians has launched a new petition that allows all of us to say that Donald Trump isn't welcome here.

To sign our petition, please click here.

Trump's vulgar rhetoric has insulted, demonized and endangered women, immigrants, Muslims, people of colour and many others.

We reject his racist characterization of Haiti and other countries, his misogynist views, his failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacist hate, his racist travel ban that targeted Muslims, his characterization of climate change as a hoax, and his characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals.

We are also deeply concerned that fifteen women have stated that Trump has committed sexual assault, sexual harassment and lewd behaviour.

And we are disappointed that early on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended an invitation to Trump to visit Canada.

January 12, 2018

The Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter was at this Hamilton and District Labour Council-organized rally in front of a Tim Hortons in Dundas in support of the $15 minimum wage and against cuts to benefits for workers.

Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country!

Tim Hortons
1- Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter expresses solidarity with Tim Hortons workers seeking to unionize in Canora, Saskatchewan
2- Hamilton chapter at Tim Hortons protest
3- Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter at local protest in support of Tim Hortons workers
4- Peterborough-Kawarthas & Northumberland chapters rally for Tim Hortons workers in Cobourg
5- London chapter rallies for Tim Hortons workers
6- Windsor-Essex chapter at Tim Hortons rally
7- North Shore chapter tweets in support living wage & work with dignity

January 12, 2018

The sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place at the Hôtel Bonaventure (900 Rue de la Gauchetière O) in Montreal from Tuesday January 23 to Sunday January 28.

Mainstream media coverage over the last several days has focused on speculation that US President Donald Trump could trigger the six-month exit clause in the deal later this month. That is a real possibility, although just yesterday Trump suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he could wait until July to do that.

The Canadian Press reports, "Insiders familiar with the Mexican negotiators' strategy are adamant: they will leave the negotiating table if Trump triggers Article 2205 [the withdrawal provision]. The Mexicans have said this publicly, and sources there have been even more explicit in private conversations. The Canadian government has been far cagier when asked what it would do next. But people familiar with its intentions say it would likely stay at the table and keep talking."

January 11, 2018

The Council of Canadians was questioned by the police on June 25, 2010 for coming too close (within 5 metres) of the massive fence surrounding the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto where the G20 were to meet the next day.

On June 8-9, the G7 - which includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other 'leaders' of the world's 'richest' economies - will meet for a summit at the luxury hotel Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, situated about 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

The Prime Minister recently announced that the themes of the summit would be: "Investing in growth that works for everyone; Preparing for jobs of the future; Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and Building a more peaceful and secure world."