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LETTER: PM must stand up to President Trump

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As Prime Minister Trudeau heads to Washington for closed-door meetings Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, the Council of Canadians and thousands of its supporters are urging the Prime Minister not to pursue a backroom deal on NAFTA.

We want the process to be fair and transparent and include full consultation with the public, civil society and Indigenous peoples. 

 The Council of Canadians is also calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to ensure that any NAFTA renegotiations include the following: 

 

  * Eliminate Chapter 11, the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)

process that allows foreign corporations to sue governments over future

profits.

      * Protect water from export by removing all references to water as a

service. 

    * Eliminate NAFTA’s energy proportionality rule, which forces a

proportion of Canadian energy to be exported to the U.S., locking Canada

into continued tar sands production.

  * Prioritize good jobs, democracy and the environment.

   * Include full public consultations.

 

Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians says, “For years, we have seen the ravages of NAFTA. It’s time to put an end to the Chapter 11 corporate lawsuits that have cost Canada millions of dollars, eroded our environmental and public policy, hollowed out manufacturing towns and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, and created greater inequality in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.”

 We are urging Prime Minister Trudeau to stand up to President Trump's dangerous agenda and seek an agreement that benefits people and the environment.

 

Leo Broderick,

Council of Canadians,

Charlottetown

We want the process to be fair and transparent and include full consultation with the public, civil society and Indigenous peoples. 

 The Council of Canadians is also calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to ensure that any NAFTA renegotiations include the following: 

 

  * Eliminate Chapter 11, the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)

process that allows foreign corporations to sue governments over future

profits.

      * Protect water from export by removing all references to water as a

service. 

    * Eliminate NAFTA’s energy proportionality rule, which forces a

proportion of Canadian energy to be exported to the U.S., locking Canada

into continued tar sands production.

  * Prioritize good jobs, democracy and the environment.

   * Include full public consultations.

 

Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians says, “For years, we have seen the ravages of NAFTA. It’s time to put an end to the Chapter 11 corporate lawsuits that have cost Canada millions of dollars, eroded our environmental and public policy, hollowed out manufacturing towns and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, and created greater inequality in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.”

 We are urging Prime Minister Trudeau to stand up to President Trump's dangerous agenda and seek an agreement that benefits people and the environment.

 

Leo Broderick,

Council of Canadians,

Charlottetown

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