NO MORE CORPORATE TRADE DEALS
We oppose the pro-corporate trade model of NAFTA and other trade agreements (e.g. CETA and the TPP). We call for a new model of integration that is structured on the principles of equality, self-determination of peoples, protection of women’s, workers’, peasants’, and Indigenous rights, and social and ecological justice. Cooperation and exchange among nations must protect the primacy of human and environmental rights. Finally, we demand transparency and democratic participation in any negotiations.
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UPDATE ON NAFTA TALKS – Trump uses steel and aluminum tariffs as NAFTA bargaining chip; new energy chapter announced
March 6, 2018 - 8:07am The 7th round of NAFTA talks concluded in Mexico City yesterday with US president Donald Trump threatening steel and aluminum tariffs to gain concessions in the deal plus news of Canada, the United States and Mexico agreeing to an expansion of...read more
On January 23, Unifor members in Ontario and Quebec rallied for worker’s rights and good jobs as they took action to oppose the new Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and to call for a better North American Free Trade Agreement. The day began as hundreds of members took...read more
Call for Action during NAFTA’s Sixth Round of Negotiations People and the planet before profit! For immediate release - Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto – Wednesday December 6th, 2017 With the next round of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...read more
Please join us: MEXICO'S LEFT TURN? MEXICO'S ELECTION AND BEYOND IN THE TRUMP ERA WHEN: SUNDAY JULY 15TH, 4PM WHERE: A DIFFERENT BOOKLIST, 777 BATHURST ST, TORONTO Despite fierce opposition from big business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected by an...
May 17, 2018 - 8:06am It now looks increasingly likely - but not a certainty at this hour - that the May 17 deadline for the conclusion of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not be met by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The...
May 15, 2018 - 8:20am The Council of Canadians has been highlighting the threat posed to winning pharmacare by so-called 'free trade' agreements. A study by Joel Lexchin (York University) and Marc-André Gagnon (Carleton University) found that the extended patent...
In the twenty-three years since North American Free Trade Area of the Americas (NAFTA) was implemented we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in profits and rights of multinational corporations, underscoring a widening economic inequality in North America. With the next round of NAFTA negotiations set for January 23-27 2018 in Montreal, it will be important for organized labor, environmentalists, family farmer groups, and other civil society organizations to show their united opposition to corporate trade deals.
We call for the construction of a new model of integration, cooperation and exchange among nations that guarantees that any agreement be negotiated with the democratic participation of society, that it be transparent in all of its terms and conditions and that it promote the reconstruction of national, regional and local production chains , on the basis of international cooperation and the sovereignty of each country and with full respect for human, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. In addition, it must guarantee decent work and living wages, irrespective of national origin or migratory status.
We seek to provide organizations, activists, and civil society across Canada an effective means to have their voices heard through education and events. Here you will find events organised by coalition members and allies.
MORE NAFTA NEWS
North American social organizations reject the current acceleration of NAFTA 2.0 talks to seek an agreement ‘in principle’
Negotiating under intense pressure is never recommended. We call for the immediate suspension of these talks to be re-started once all newly elected legislators are in place The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico, and the United States started...read more
By Mike De Souza National Observer Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters in Ottawa on Dec. 19, 2017. File photo by Alex Tétreault As trade talks continue between Canada, the United States and Mexico, a collection of nearly 50 labour,...read more
Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA] (May 2, 2018) — As the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations reach a pivotal moment, nearly 50 of Canada’s major labour, climate and social justice organizations have come together to call on the Canadian Government to honour...read more
David J. Climenhaga | April 13, 2018 We've got the chance, thanks be unto Donald J. Trump. Obviously, it's time to get the heck out of NAFTA! Why would I say such a wild thing? Well, as has been said here before, most actual evidence suggests that "trade deals" in...read more
April 17, 2018 - 4:04pm The Council of Canadians has long opposed the Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Bloomberg now reports, "The most frequent advice the government heard in public...read more
Unifor and Mexican labour leaders joined together this week to warn Members of Parliament about the dangers of renegotiating a NAFTA deal that fails to protect workers in both countries. “The old NAFTA model was built on exploitation, as Canadian manufacturing jobs...read more
A Unifor hosted roundtable brought Mexican labour leaders together with Canada’s Chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul to share their experiences and concerns on the renegotiation of the trade agreement. “This was an amazing opportunity to have a candid and informative...read more
Interview with Richard Roman. Dr. Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America (in Spanish) discusses how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deepened and...read more
March 28, 2018 - 8:29am Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer While the Council of Canadians has campaigned for years against Chapter 11 - the investor-state dispute...read more
OTTAWA – Unifor and Mexican labour leaders join together this week to warn Members of Parliament (MPs) about the dangers of negotiating a NAFTA deal that fails to protect workers in both countries. “The old NAFTA model was built on exploitation, as Canadian...read more
Round seven of NAFTA renegotiations ended in Mexico City on March 5 with the American government holding Canada’s steel and aluminum sectors hostage in an effort to extort a deal. “The U.S. is using Canada’s steel and aluminum industries and workers as NAFTA...read more
Canada’s unions are calling on federal and provincial governments to stand up to U.S. trade aggression and support Canada’s steel and aluminum industries and their workers. U.S. President Trump released his finalized steel and aluminum tariff package today, with...read more
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