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North America Free Trade Agreement


NAFTA renewed. Now what?
The outcome of the “Trump moment” is likely, for all its protectionist rhetoric, to end up further legitimating free trade.
There’s a hidden cost in Trump’s new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico
Investment treaties with ISDS provisions make it hard to tax foreign firms and worsen human rights and labor practices.
The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning
Westmoreland Coal is suing Canada because it did not receive a transition payment following Alberta’s coal phaseout plan. For the province, coal mining companies have no role to play in the energy transition.
The new NAFTA: A license to discriminate on the basis of sex
Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination.
Canada looks to sidestep USMCA tripwire in trade talks with China
Sector agreements signed between China and Canada could be rolled into a broader free trade agreement down the road — meaning that sectoral negotiations could lay the groundwork for comprehensive talks.
NAFTA 2.0: US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Chapter 20: pharmaceutical related patent provisions
The Intellectual Property Chapter of the revised NAFTA, rebranded by the Trump Administration USMCA, includes provisions that threaten to undermine critical efforts to­wards affordable health care and medicine.
Trump to notify Congress in ’near future’ he will terminate NAFTA
US President said on he will give formal notice to the US Congress in the near future to terminate NAFTA, giving six months for lawmakers to approve the revamped trade deal.
Future of USMCA could turn on labour rights
It is unrealistic to expect even the most gold-plated labour provisions in FTAs to redress the vast power imbalance between workers and gigantic, internationally mobile corporations.
Thousands protest in Argentina during G20 Summit
Members of 70 different groups joined forces to call attention to a range of concerns, from workers’ rights to climate change.
USMCA: Trump signs new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA
The USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had created a free trade zone between the three countries back in 1994. The deal will require ratification by all three countries’ legislatures before taking effect.
Trudeau says government ’still in discussions’ with US on USMCA signing
With roughly three hours to go before boarding a flight to Argentina for a meeting of G20 leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this afternoon Canada is "still in discussions with the Americans" about signing the revised NAFTA at the summit.
North American free trade deal to be signed in Argentina: Kudlow
The new North American Free Trade Agreement, which binds Canada, the United States and Mexico, will be signed on the margins of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires
US coal firm launches NAFTA suit against Alberta over coal phase-out
A US coal miner is launching a NAFTA suit against Alberta over its policy to phase out coal in the electricity system by 2030.
Canada eyes sweeping free-trade deal with China but remains open to sector deals
International Trade Minister Jim Carr says China’s interest in so many Canadian products could ultimately lead to a comprehensive trade deal.
Canada at odds with US changes to text of trade deal: source
Canada is pushing back against US attempts to change the text of their September trade pact and the issue may have to be referred to ministers to settle.
US, Mexico, Canada ministers to sign trade pact Nov. 30, official says
The deal will be signed on Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the G20.
Drugs costs impact health
Canada’s negotiators extended data protection on biologics without knowing impact on prices.
Dairy farmers ’very disappointed’ with USMCA
Dairy Farmers of Ontario spokesperson said the agreement by Canada to end the Class 7 pricing on some Canadian-produced milk ingredients, like protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder, is a concern.
As if the USMCA dairy concessions were not bad enough…
It is deeply concerning, though not surprising, that the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has at least three chapters that formally entrench corporate influence on government decision-making.
How to make investment agreements more progressive: stop signing them
Unverified rumours circulated in early 2018 that Canada was willing to abandon NAFTA’s provisions entitling foreign investors to sue for damages under what is called investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS.