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Why does Canada continue trade talks with extremist Bolsonaro government?

Image credit: Government of Canada    Canada continues to engage in negotiations with the right-wing extremist Bolsonaro government of Brazil, as part of the Canada-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement talks. The Bolsonaro government is explicitly anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-black, anti-Indigenous, anti-worker and anti-environment — the very opposite of the values the Trudeau government claims to hold. Canadian labour, […]

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More than 300 Civil Society Groups Call on Governments to Reject Digital Trade Talks in the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The Trade Justice Network joined over 300 civil society organizations – including global union federations, development advocates, consumer organizations, and environmental groups – from more than 90 countries in delivering a letter to WTO members. As some countries have launched preliminary talks on e-commerce trade, the civil society groups warn governments of serious dangers and urge them to […]

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New NAFTA still needs overhaul

OTTAWA (Oct. 3, 2018) — Today, the Trade Justice Network, along with Common Frontiers and the Council of Canadians, released the following joint statement: After weeks of intense negotiations behind closed doors, a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has emerged. Like the original NAFTA, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, falls short when […]

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Canada’s move to implement CPTPP signals the abandoning of “progressive trade”

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 Canadians.  After it passed second reading in the House of Commons Tuesday, the CPTPP has sparked […]

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Unions and climate organizations come together to call for more equitable and sustainable trade

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 its commitment to implement a progressive trade agenda and to embrace trade policies that are compatible […]

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The Demise of NAFTA: Threat or Opportunity for Change?

The ongoing NAFTA renegotiations have prompted governments, analysts, civil society, and the broader public to wonder: what would the elimination of NAFTA mean for Canada? This question has understandably triggered a great deal of anxiety amongst Canadians. However, many researchers and commentators have entered the debate to highlight that the demise of corporate trade deals like […]

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Civil Society Summit: Does NAFTA Serve the Public Interest?

As the third round of NAFTA negotiations are set to begin in Ottawa, civil society groups will be holding their own meetings. Given that this will be an important round, it is essential that our voices are heard. The Trade Justice Network is working together with Common Frontiers, the Council of Canadians, Réseau québécois sur […]

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Trade Justice Network Calls for Fairer Trade Model in NAFTA Renegotiations

Press Release OTTAWA — A coalition of Canada’s largest unions and civil society groups is calling on the Canadian government to pursue a fairer, more socially just model of trade in the NAFTA renegotiations. Today, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared before the House of Commons Committee on International Trade to outline the government’s NAFTA […]

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Trade Justice Network participates in tri-national NAFTA meetings in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — On May 25-27th, the Trade Justice Network (TJN) participated in a tri-national meeting of social organizations from Canada, Quebec, the US and Mexico ahead of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Over 300 people gathered in the stunning Palacio de Medicina in the heart of Mexico City to discuss the […]

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