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Civil society groups to reject NAFTA at parallel talks this weekend

Sujata Dey

A coalition of civil society groups will hold their own talks in Mexico City from May 26-28 to challenge the private NAFTA renegotiation meetings that Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is taking part in there.

“There is a growing alliance of organizations calling on Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to stop signing on to backroom deals that sell out our jobs and the planet,” says Rick Arnold, Council of Canadians Northumberland chapter activist.

Participating organizations from Canada and Québec:

  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • Council of Canadians
  • Trade Justice Network
  • Common Frontiers
  • BC Teachers’ Federation
  • Unifor
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • National Farmers’ Union
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Justicia for Migrant Workers
  • Office of Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament
  • United Steelworkers of Canada
  • Association pour la Taxation des Transactions pour l’Aide aux Citoyens (ATTAC-Québec)
  • Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO)
  • Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
  • Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)
  • Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN)
  • Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale (RQIC)


For more information or to arrange interviews:

Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685, dpenner@canadians.org. Twitter: @CouncilOfCDNs