Civil Society Summit: Does NAFTA Serve the Public Interest?

  • Trade Justice Network
  • 19 Sep 2017
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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 l’intégration continentale (RQIC) and other representatives of labour, social justice and civil society groups to organize a NAFTA Civil Society Summit to coincide with the negotiations in Ottawa. We invite social movements, civil society and the public to join us on Friday, September 22 to discuss: Does NAFTA Serve the Public Interest?

The day will begin with a public action at Parliament Hill, followed by panel discussions featuring prominent civil society figures and politicians from Quebec, English-speaking Canada, the US and Mexico.

View the full schedule below and check out our Facebook event.

Civil Society Summit

Does NAFTA Serve the Public Interest?

Friday, September 22, 2017

10:30am – 11:30am  

1:00pm – 4:00pm   

Public action In front of Parliament Hill, at the gate in front near Wellington St.


Does NAFTA Serve the Public Interest? Quadri-national Exchange Panels* (open to the public)

University of Ottawa, Huguette Labelle Room 112 in Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St.


Civil Society Panel

Introduction: Alain Croteau – Director, United Steelworkers (USW) Quebec, and Vice President, Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)


  • Pamela Palmater (Associate Professor, Ryerson University) on Indigenous issues and human rights
  • Alberto Arroyo (Mexican Network of Action Against Free Trade, RMALC, Mexico) on human rights and globalization  
  • Melinda St. Louis (Director of International Campaigns, Public Citizen’s Trade Watch) on ISDS

Moderator: Caroline Senneville – Vice President, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)

Legislators Panel

Introduction: Lana Payne – Atlantic Director, Unifor


  • Tracey Ramsey – Member of Parliament (NDP)
  • Amir Khadir – Member of the National Assembly, Québec (Québec Solidaire)
  • Martine Ouellet – Member of the National Assembly (Parti Québécois) and Leader of the Bloc Québécois

Moderator:  Larry Brown – President, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and Co-Chair of the Trade Justice Network

4:00pm – 5:00pm





5:00pm – 6:30pm

NAFTA and Your Digital Rights: What’s at stake on the trading table?

Fauteux Hall Rm. 102 (FTX 102), 57 Louis Pasteur (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)

Description: Critical issues in the NAFTA renegotiations include digital trade, e-commerce, intellectual property, and privacy–but what does that mean for Internet freedom and our digital lives? Join Internet policy and trade experts and advocates from Mexico, Canada, and the United States to learn more and participate in an open roundtable. This event will feature representatives from CIPPIC, Derechos Digitales, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, OpenMedia, Creative Commons Canada, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University Washington College of Law


Social event — The Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave E.)

* Interpretation in French and Spanish available. 

This event is made possible by the generous support from: Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Union of Public and General Employees (CUPE), Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), Communications Workers of America (CWA) Canada, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), People’s Social Forum, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Unifor, the United Steelworkers (USW), and Réseau québécois sur l’intégration continentale (RQIC) and its member unions: Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS), Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Fédération interprofessionnelle du Québec (FIQ), Fédération des travailleuses et des travailleurs du Québec (FTQ), Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ).