The “proportionality clause” of NAFTA obligates Canada to maintain a fixed share of energy exports to the U.S. The more Canada exports, the more Canada is obliged to export.
In NAFTA, water is defined as a “tradeable good.” It is also referenced as a “service” or “investment.”
Removing water as an “investment” and excluding NAFTA’s ISDS provisions would make it much harder for foreign corporations to use trade treaties to fight domestic or international rules that protect water. Canada has already been sued for laws protecting water
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions grant private investors from one country the right to sue the government of another country if it introduces new laws, regulations or practices – be they environmental, health or human rights – that cause corporations’ investments to be less profitable.
In this issue you will find hard-hitting information and analysis about social justice issues, updates from Council of Canadians chapters across the country, and learn more about what your donations are doing to protect water and public health care, fight for climate justice, fair trade and strengthened democracy in Canada.
The Council of Canadians' submission to Global Affairs Canada's consultations on the Canada-China free trade agreement. Submitted by Sujata Dey, Council of Canadians Trade Campaigner.
In Water for Sale Maude Barlow explores how modern free trade and investment agreements impede the ability of people and their governments to maintain environmental laws and regulations to protect their water. She also shows how trade agreements advance the privatization and commodification of water.
This report will show how universal pharmacare would save businesses money, improve the competitiveness of Canada’s labour market, and bring down labour costs in Canada as drug benefits would no longer be a part of labour negotiations.
Let us work together to pressure Liberal MPs to make a national pharmacare program part of the legislative agenda.
More and more Canadians are feeling the impact of inequality in their daily lives. That's why we're urging the federal government to table a budget that makes good on its promises to reduce income inequality and drive inclusive growth.
In August 2016, Nestlé purchased the Middlebrook well in Elora, Ontario despite the municipality’s attempt to buy it to safeguard their water supply. This sparked a national outcry.
A myth of abundance, lack of monitoring, and a profit-driven market allow our communities’ water sources to be exported out of local watersheds, never to return again.