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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.

Are there alternatives to free trade?

Are there alternatives to free trade?

Squeezed between nativists who seek to obliterate the world trading system for their own purposes and neo-liberals who want to ...
Milk and Mother Nature are under attack in Canada

Milk and Mother Nature are under attack in Canada

Many Canadians like to start the day off with a milky brew at one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons coffee ...
With the new NAFTA, "there is no Alternative"

With the new NAFTA, “there is no Alternative”

Today, the Mexican senate ratified the new NAFTA, after examining it yesterday.  It seems that two days is all ...
What do the new NAFTA and the TMX have in common?

What do the new NAFTA and the TMX have in common?

In a new hard-hitting Council of Canadians report, economics and pipeline expert Gordon Laxer reveals special provisions in the ...
New NAFTA Will Hurt Farmers and Consumers: Advocates, Farmers on Both Sides of Border

New NAFTA Will Hurt Farmers and Consumers: Advocates, Farmers on Both Sides of Border

Ottawa — The new NAFTA, officially known as CUSMA just cleared a major step on the path to ratification as ...
Why there will be no public debate on the new NAFTA

Why there will be no public debate on the new NAFTA

Yesterday, the Liberal government, in a surprise move, tabled the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, for first reading ...
NAFTA: Last chance to stop this bad deal

NAFTA: Last chance to stop this bad deal

Now might be our last chance to make critical improvements to the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before ...
The new NAFTA and Canadian dairy

The new NAFTA and Canadian dairy

The proposed new NAFTA would sacrifice small Canadian farmers and unknowingly expose Canadians to U.S. milk from cows injected with ...