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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.

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 ...
Lessons from NAFTA 2.1. Future trade deals must be open to the public!

Lessons from NAFTA 2.1. Future trade deals must be open to the public!

From the beginning, it was clear CUSMA was going to be a corporate-friendly trade agreement. With President Trump in the ...
Canadians should not be lulled into ratifying the ‘new’ NAFTA

Canadians should not be lulled into ratifying the ‘new’ NAFTA

The trade deal is flawed: inequality would grow and the environment deteriorate further Civil society organizations from Mexico, the United ...
No free pass for NAFTA 2.1: Trudeau must hold debate on CUSMA

No free pass for NAFTA 2.1: Trudeau must hold debate on CUSMA

Ottawa – On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland called on opposition parties to fast-track the CUSMA ...
Not another NAFTA rubber stamp: We need a real debate in Canada on NAFTA 2.1

Not another NAFTA rubber stamp: We need a real debate in Canada on NAFTA 2.1

A true democratic debate should address not only how to remove the worst aspects of this corporate-friendly trade agreement, but ...
Death of NAFTA restores energy sovereignty to Canada — for now

Death of NAFTA restores energy sovereignty to Canada — for now

Op-ed written for the The Star, January 6, 2019, by Gordon Laxer, Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University ...
NAFTA 3.0: Better, but still leaving much to be desired

NAFTA 3.0: Better, but still leaving much to be desired

Before Parliament adjourned for the summer, the race to ratify the new NAFTA was on. At the time, then Foreign ...
New NAFTA deal improved, but still fundamentally flawed

New NAFTA deal improved, but still fundamentally flawed

OTTAWA — After months of negotiations, a new NAFTA deal was reached between the U.S. Congress, Mexico and Canada. While ...