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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.

Trump sends NAFTA renegotiation notice to U.S. Congress: Council of Canadians says Trudeau must ensure talks protect people and the planet

Trump sends NAFTA renegotiation notice to U.S. Congress: Council of Canadians says Trudeau must ensure talks protect people and the planet

U.S. President Donald Trump formally gave notice to U.S. Congress to renegotiate NAFTA today setting up a 90-day period before ...
Canada-U.S.-Mexico talks to renegotiate NAFTA could soon be just 90-days away

Canada-U.S.-Mexico talks to renegotiate NAFTA could soon be just 90-days away

Robert Lighthizer (the United States Trade Representative) and Steve Verheul (who will reportedly be Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator) The formal ...
Montreal chapter hosts public forum on NAFTA on eve of Lighthizer's confirmation as USTR

Montreal chapter hosts public forum on NAFTA on eve of Lighthizer’s confirmation as USTR

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter hosted a bilingual public forum last night with Claude Vaillancourt speaking about the ...
The Council calls for major changes to NAFTA & an open and transparent renegotiation process

The Council calls for major changes to NAFTA & an open and transparent renegotiation process

The Council of Canadians says that if the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is to be renegotiated, then it ...
Protecting a Multilateral Agreement on Climate Change from the Threat of Corporate Trade Challenges

Protecting a Multilateral Agreement on Climate Change from the Threat of Corporate Trade Challenges

In December 2015, the world gathered in Paris, France for COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. This ...
Harper to block NAFTA commission from studying tar sands tailings ponds

Harper to block NAFTA commission from studying tar sands tailings ponds

The Harper government is trying to block a weak environmental commission - set up under the North American Free ...
Factsheet: No More NAFTAs! No to CETA-TPP-FIPA-FTA…

Factsheet: No More NAFTAs! No to CETA-TPP-FIPA-FTA…

Twenty years of a failed free trade agenda is too much. It’s time to say “no” to corporate rights deals! ...
The Canada-US Procurement Agreement And Canadian Municipal Procurement

The Canada-US Procurement Agreement And Canadian Municipal Procurement

Legal opinion prepared by Steven Shrybman (Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP) for the Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute (May ...