NDP STATEMENT ON THE FOURTH ROUND OF NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2017

NDP STATEMENT ON THE FOURTH ROUND OF NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS

NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey, made the following statement:

“The fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations is underway and Canadians have yet to see any progress on this important trade deal.

The Liberal government is failing to stand up for Canadians against unfair tactics used by the Trump administration. The administration continues to bargain in bad faith by failing to provide clear proposals, threatening to pull out of the deal and continuing to bully our industries. The U.S. has also threatened to serve Canada with more restrictive policies on rules of origin that qualify products for NAFTA’s duty exemptions, meaning fewer products would be exempt from duties under a new deal.

Now, the Prime Minister himself has been forced to go to Washington to try to save this deal. Canadians need the negotiating team to level the playing field for working people, ensure the strong future of our supply managed sectors like dairy and poultry, and maintain our ability to protect our environment.

It is also imperative for the federal government to eliminate Chapter 11’s investor-state provisions in this round.  The current Lone Pine Resources arbitration case is a perfect example of how NAFTA’s Chapter 11 has undermined our national sovereignty. Lone Pine is suing Canada for trying to protect our water in Quebec.

NAFTA can and must improve the lives of all North Americans, but to do so it must be transparent, inclusive and forward-looking. It must address important issues like climate change, workers’ rights, and the millions of Canadian jobs at stake. The Liberal government has the opportunity to change this key trade deal and make it about people, instead of corporate profits.” 

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