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
Canada’s unions say the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) represents some points of progress, but are raising concern over protections for some Canadian workers.“Workers across the country will be happy to learn that NAFTA’s Chapter 11 has finally been...
OTTAWA (Sept. 21, 2018) – The Liberal government is forcing the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) through the House of Commons with indecent haste, allowing for no further public input, after the deal has been widely denounced by...
August 29, 2018 - 4:20pm With a constantly shifting North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has rushed to Washington to have talks with the U.S. While much of the agreement is still discussed in secret, here's what we...
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
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...read more
Duncan Cameron | June 12, 2018 Canada is better off working with other countries to build a reasonable multilateral trading world rather than depending on the goodwill of a Donald Trump to re-negotiate NAFTA. Read...read more
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...read more
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...read more
May 12, 2018 - 7:24pm Andrés Manuel López Obrador Given it appears unlikely that the US, Canadian and Mexican governments will conclude a NAFTA 2.0 deal prior to the July 1 election in Mexico, it makes sense to take a moment to look at the views of the leading...read more
North American organizations call for an immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks until negotiating climate improves
Media Release OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON - The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018. Organizations from all three countries call on...read more
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
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