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Trade

Trade is important to the Canadian economy to the extent that it enriches communities, respects democracy, and preserves our shared natural environment. But free trade agreements signed by Canada and other countries in the past 30 years have had the opposite effect.

From the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement of 1988, through NAFTA, the WTO and Canada’s many Foreign Investment Protection Agreements, to today’s bilateral, European Union and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, these deals enrich multinational corporations at the expense of the vast majority of people and the planet. In fact, these old and new agreements are better understood as corporate rights deals.

The Council of Canadians believes trade agreements should be made by and for people, not corporations. We campaign to make trade deals fair, and trade policy open and democratic.

GMO corn Canada and U.S. bully Mexico to use GMO corn due to biotech lobby groups

Submission to Federal Government on exclusion from CUSMA dispute panel on the GM Corn Dispute

This letter has been prepared by the Trade Justice Group of the Northumberland Chapter of the Council of Canadians. The ...
GMO corn Canada and U.S. bully Mexico to use GMO corn due to biotech lobby groups

Why Mexico’s 2023 ban on GM corn is the right move

Prevented from providing research and arguments directly to the trade dispute panel, the Trade Justice Group of the Northumberland Chapter ...
Canada and US Governments Shut Down Ability of Canadian NGOs to Comment in Trade Dispute Over Mexico’s GM Corn Ban

Canada and US Governments Shut Down Ability of Canadian NGOs to Comment in Trade Dispute Over Mexico’s GM Corn Ban

“We’re extremely concerned that the US government requested we be blocked from commenting but even more concerned that the Canadian ...
GMO corn Canada and U.S. bully Mexico to use GMO corn due to biotech lobby groups

Submission on CUSMA dispute panel hearings into Mexico’s GMO corn laws

A brief to the TMEC - USMCA - CUSMA dispute panel hearings into Mexico’s GMO corn laws. Prepared by the ...
GMO corn Canada and U.S. bully Mexico to use GMO corn due to biotech lobby groups

Biotech industry influence over federal GMO regulatory decisions exposed as Canada piles on with the U.S. to bully Mexico on GM corn

As Canada joins the U.S. in challenging Mexico to stop its planned phase-out of genetically modified (GM) corn for human ...
unifor strike

Metro’s ugly move to cut off benefits shows fight for pharmacare is a working-class issue

originally published for SpringMag.ca, Sept. 15th 2023 In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of ...
Pharmacare legislation tabled

Following a groundswell of grassroots support, NDP tables pharmacare bill

Private member’s bill introduced on the heels of 16-city tour of town halls for pharmacare ...
bay du Nord shelved for 3 years

BAY Du Nord Shelved

The Council congratulates all those fighting against new oil and gas projects on today’s news ...