Before being elected, the Trudeau government promised to reinstate federal protections for lakes and rivers in Canada after they were gutted by the previous Harper government. The Harper government’s harmful legacy on water has left 99% of lakes and rivers unprotected in Canada.
The governments of North America are deep into a process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement that was signed over 20 years ago. NAFTA has been instrumental, along with other policies, in increasing wealth inequality, job insecurity, wage stagnation and the creation of a precarious work force.
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U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that he thinks the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a bad deal for the United States. He has called Canada and Mexico to the table to renegotiate the deal. President Trump wants to put “America First” in NAFTA, or walk away from the deal.
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
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.