Time for Canadians to take a stand for ‘truly just, sustainable and equitable’ international trade agreements

A Message from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Posted July 28th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Across the country, more and more Canadians are tuning in to follow developments in the fast-moving arena of international trade.

As Canada’s leading voice on fairer trade policy, that means we’ve been busier than ever. From new research, to federal consultations, to media appearances—we’re hard at work making the case for a radical transformation of Canada’s trade agenda, which is far too lopsided in the interests of big business.

With looming NAFTA renegotiations, and a potential new Canada-China trade agreement, the stakes are high. But the time has come for Canada to take a stand against the uninspiring status quo, and push for a truly just, sustainable and equitable international trade agenda that improves the welfare of all citizens and workers.

In just a few short weeks, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will start renegotiating NAFTA. President Donald Trump is still threatening to walk away from the deal, but we believe that Canada should—and can afford to—stand up to his bullying.

Our trade researchers have done the math: if NAFTA were to come apart, it would be disruptive, but not catastrophic. If Trump (or Canada) were to walk away from the trade deal, Canadian exports would be hardly affected—which is surprising, given all the doom and gloom in the mainstream media.

Furthermore, if NAFTA renegotiation is to have any chance of improving the welfare of workers, it must be inclusive, transformative and forward-looking. That means focusing on today’s real challenges, including climate change, the changing nature of work, and unacceptable levels of inequality in all three North American countries.

Our government should keep these facts in mind as it faces down aggressive demands from the Trump administration in the upcoming renegotiations. NAFTA should be renegotiated so that it helps us achieve the sustainable and equitable society we want, not to uphold an uninspiring and untenable status quo.

Our trade experts will be closely following the NAFTA renegotiations when they start, consulting with government officials, working with our civil society allies, publishing new reports and providing thoughtful, timely commentary you won’t find anywhere else. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you’re not missing out.

With your support, we can continue to provide the analysis and hard-hitting research that shows fairer trade for all is not only possible, but essential to ensuring lofty trade goals leave no one behind.

With thanks, Peter Bleyer, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

About the Centre The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

The CCPA produces the research and analysis necessary for policymakers, activists, and everyday Canadians to make informed decisions and press for social change. 

We have a National Office in Ottawa, and provincial offices in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia

For more on the work of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, visit the organization’s website at – https://www.policyalternatives.ca/ .

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2 responses to “Time for Canadians to take a stand for ‘truly just, sustainable and equitable’ international trade agreements

  1. We need a Brian Higgins here in Canada….


  2. DAVID Orchard fought against FREE TRADE and the CORPORATE Governments at the time Conservative then Liberal climbed into bed with the Americans which basically hastened the destruction of CANADIAN Sovereignty and Democracy.


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