In France, which recently ratified CETA by a thin margin, voting for the agreement has been a political liability. The offices of 20 MNAs who voted for the agreement have been vandalized, manure has been dropped at their headquarters, and supporters have been booed and attacked on Twitter. Meanwhile, in Canada, it is business as usual as Prime Minister Trudeau attacks those who dare to critique the agreement. Why the difference?
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As both Mexico and Canada bend over backwards to ratify the new NAFTA, our politicians are cornered into the position of "there is no alternative" than to appease President Trump. However, there is no alternative to having a planet, and there must be an alternative to corporate globalization within our trade treaties. We must embolden our politicians to not be captured by corporate interests.
In a new hard-hitting Council of Canadians report, economics and pipeline expert Gordon Laxer reveals special provisions in the new trade deal that will allow the federal government to continue to subsidize the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline.
We hear a lot about how U.S. dairy thinks Canada's supply management system is unfair to them. And that the new NAFTA – with its access to Canadian markets – is a win for U.S. dairy.
But one Wisconsin dairy farmer disagrees. He says that the new NAFTA will not solve the woes of American dairy. He adds that Canada's supply management system is to be admired, not attacked.
The Trudeau government has continued to fast-track the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) through Parliament. Just this morning, it was sent for second reading – just 17 days after it was first presented.
Yesterday, the Liberal government, in a surprise move, tabled the new NAFTA for first reading in the House of Commons with only a few hours’ notice. It is obvious that not only will the agreement move “full steam ahead,” in the words of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, but that there will be virtually no public debate on it.
Now might be our last chance to make critical improvements to the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before we’re all locked in to its undemocratic and corporate-friendly rules – potentially for decades.
In a disappointing decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the investor court system in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was compatible with EU law. Even though the ECJ considered the legal merits of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, the debate on the political legitimacy of ISDS is far from over.
While the Mueller report was making its rounds, just before Easter break, another critical report was released: the U.S. International Trade Commission report on the new NAFTA—otherwise known as the Canada United States Mexico Agreement. Showing minimal economic gains, the report did not impress U.S. progressives concerned that the agreement not only didn't help the economy, but didn't improve people's lives.
In the new NAFTA, Democrats are asking for progressive changes to make health care affordable. With pharmacare on the line, why is Canada standing in the way?