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NAFTA

Since its inception, the new North American Free Trade Agreement – the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) – was doomed to be a corporate-first agreement. With U.S. President Donald Trump in the Whitehouse, the old NAFTA as a template, media hysteria around the possible loss of NAFTA, and corporations being granted preferential access to the negotiations, the new agreement was designed to follow the same template as the previous NAFTA and benefit corporations above all else.

Along with labour, citizen’s groups, environmental and faith groups in the three countries, the Council of Canadians successfully campaigned to get rid of some of NAFTA’s most destructive provisions. We were successful in removing certain provisions like Chapter 11 and the energy proportionality clause – harmful provisions that we have fought against for decades. But at the same time, new ones were added that will hurt Canadian farmers and create new corporate-friendly forums that can remove regulations designed to keep us safe and healthy.

With so much at stake, it isn’t just industries that are affected. Our health and our planet are at risk. Trade agreements rule how our globalized planet is run, and there is much to be concerned about. Read more about what’s at stake in CUSMA below and in the Organizing Toolkit.

A promise is a promise! Liberal government should end back-room, corporate trade negotiations

A promise is a promise! Liberal government should end back-room, corporate trade negotiations

Free trade agreements have consistently worked against the interests of people and the planet. Trade deals are hatched in secret, ...
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A Canadian mining company is threatening to sue Mexico to avoid paying taxes... and is asking Canada to help

A Canadian mining company is threatening to sue Mexico to avoid paying taxes… and is asking Canada to help

On July 1, 2020, something unprecedented happened. After decades of campaigning, the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), ...
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MPs pass new NAFTA legislation and NDP motion on pharmacare before closing Parliament

MPs pass new NAFTA legislation and NDP motion on pharmacare before closing Parliament

Amid growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus, MPs came together in the House of Commons today to pass implementing legislation ...
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Council of Canadians Board Motion on the CUSMA

Council of Canadians Board Motion on the CUSMA

At its meeting on January 19, 2020, the Council of Canadians Board passed the following motion with respect to the ...
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Council of Canadians: Freeland’s new trade commitments a step in the right direction

Council of Canadians: Freeland’s new trade commitments a step in the right direction

Ottawa – Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland committed to changing the way Canada negotiates and adopts trade agreements in a ...
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Organizing Toolkit: The New NAFTA

Organizing Toolkit: The New NAFTA

Not another NAFTA rubber stamp: We need a real debate in Canada on NAFTA 2.1! The Trudeau government says NAFTA ...
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Factsheet: The new NAFTA: How it impacts our water

Factsheet: The new NAFTA: How it impacts our water

Download Factsheet: The new NAFTA: How it impacts our water Water is life. Without it, we cannot live. In 2010, ...
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Factsheet: The new NAFTA: How it impacts our environment

Factsheet: The new NAFTA: How it impacts our environment

NAFTA 2.1: A 20th century deal for a 21st century climate crisis Since the original North American Free Trade Agreement ...
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