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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.

Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

Lowest common-denominator deal for COVID-19 tools shows just how broken WTO is

STATEMENT BY 298+ ORGANIZATIONS: Governments Must Break Big Pharma-WTO Stranglehold on Access to Medicine by Taking Immediate Action to Prioritize ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

Send your MP this open letter supporting a People’s Vaccine

The Canadian Government, backed by an enormous push from the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, is supporting industry-friendly intellectual property rules that ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Canadian and international figures urge PM Trudeau to back the global call for a patent waiver

Health and justice advocates say Canada has been “out of step with the rest of the world.” THE COUNCIL OF ...
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Trudeau: Time for Canada to Support a Full TRIPS Waiver

Prominent Canadian and international advocates urge Trudeau to back TRIPS waiver

DOWNLOAD THE LETTER HERE (PDF)TO: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.Prime Minister of CanadaOffice of the Prime Minister80 Wellington StreetOttawa, ...
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NEW POLL: Strong majority of Canadians oppose Trudeau’s stance on patent waiver at WTO

NEW POLL: Strong majority of Canadians oppose Trudeau’s stance on patent waiver at WTO

More than 2 out of 3 support waiving intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines and other tools, as called for ...
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Vaccines

Moderna plant in Montreal not a cause for celebration, vaccine equity advocates say

Instead of rolling out the red carpet for private vaccine producers, we should reduce our reliance on corporations that put ...
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Northumberland and Peterborough chapters, allies call for urgent action on vaccine inequality at WTO

Northumberland and Peterborough chapters, allies call for urgent action on vaccine inequality at WTO

Joint letter endorsed by organizations from Northumberland and Peterborough, Ontario, to support immediate global access to vital COVID-19 vaccines ...
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The global fight for a People’s Vaccine is at a crucial turning point

The global fight for a People’s Vaccine is at a crucial turning point

A leaked tentative compromise on COVID0-19 patents is a flawed agreement would not meaningfully improve access to vaccines around the ...
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