OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON – The political and economic climate in which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018, with Canada recently being effectively shut out. In the last week of August a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the acronym NAFTA would be buried forever to be replaced by a new deal, the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement.
While at the beginning of the deal, the Council of Canadians had some hope that NAFTA could be improved, the latest developments point to a deal that would once again entrench corporate power.
Ottawa – As NAFTA talks head to the wire and the U.S. has demanded the end of cultural exemption, acclaimed Canadian novelist Susan Swan and Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians, plead that Canada should not give in to last-minute U.S. pressure to ditch the exemption.
Ottawa – U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be now called the “U.S.–Mexico Trade Agreement” after shutting Canada out of negotiations for weeks. The Council of Canadians is concerned that this is a sign of an America-first, corporate-friendly deal to come. Changing the name to the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement will not change that.
MONTREAL – In a letter sent to German Environment and Economy Ministers, a coalition of Canadian and German groups asked Germany to withdraw from a loan guarantee process which would provide more than $4 billion US to Pieridae Energy Limited, a Calgary-based company.
K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) - The Offshore Alliance, a coalition of fisher, social justice and environmental organizations, communities and individuals who have concerns with offshore drilling in Nova Scotia, is calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling pending a full federal/provincial public inquiry. The Alliance says the current regulatory regime in the offshore lacks both scientific and democratic legitimacy.
Days after BP spilled drilling mud offshore of Nova Scotia, more than 25 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Canadians have sent an open letter calling on Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to halt BP’s offshore drilling near Sable Island National Park Reserve. The letter calls on McKenna to revisit the approval of BP’s application in light of new expert evidence that the project’s risks were not fully assessed.
BP reported today that it spilled 136 000L of drilling mud offshore Nova Scotia during the first of seven of its ultra deepwater wells. The Council of Canadians has been raising the many severe risks of this project for years.
Ottawa – Today, Trade Minister François Champagne quietly tabled legislation to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a rebranded version of the controversial TPP. The Council of Canadians is deeply concerned by the government’s attempt to sneak the deal through Parliament.
As Trump launches a trade war, Canada is hamstrung by a little-known NAFTA clause that packs a huge climate punch. It’s the energy proportionality clause that gives the U.S. first access to most of Canada’s oil and natural gas.