Canada locked out of NAFTA talks?

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Trade negotiators from the Trump administration and Mexico say that a new NAFTA deal could be struck... within the next month—and the public still has no idea what’s even on the table.1

Higher drug prices? Website blocking? An end to Net Neutrality? Who knows? It's all being kept top-secret.

In fact, the Canadian government doesn't know either, because the Trump administration has locked Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland out of the talks.2 That's right—corporate lobbyists are getting VIP access, and our own government isn't even allowed in the room.

We're demanding that Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland reject any deal that isn't negotiated in a publicly transparent way with full Canadian representation. Will you stand with us by making a donation today?

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Some of the worst ideas we've ever seen have been proposed or included in NAFTA.

Bell and the big telecommunications lobbyists have put forward copyright rules that would mandate website blocking and end Net Neutrality.3

Pharmaceutical companies have been pushing intellectual-property rules that would keep generics off the market and force Canadians to pay sky-high U.S.-style drug prices.4

Yet maybe the worst part of NAFTA is the “investor-state dispute-settlement” chapter, in which unaccountable tribunals allow corporations to sue Canada to overturn protections for workers, consumers, and the environment enacted by our government.5

It's obvious why Trump is locking Canada out of the deal—he thinks he can negotiate a deal to his liking with Mexico and then force Canada to accept it later, no matter what Canadian voters want. But we're not going to let that happen.

We're sounding the alarm now so that any NAFTA negotiations that exclude the public and the Canadian government are unacceptable. Will you chip in today to help fight back?

Yes, I'll chip in to help demand fairness and transparency in the NAFTA negotiations.

Thank you for your support.

Marie, and the whole team at OpenMedia

Footnotes:
[1] Politics Briefing: U.S., Mexico enter ‘rapid track’ in NAFTA talks: The Globe and Mail
[2] Canada Frozen Out Amid U.S.-Mexico Nafta Talks: Bloomberg
[3] Don’t Let Bell Censor Our Internet: OpenMedia
[4] Trump administration puts Canada on ‘priority watch list’ for intellectual property concerns: Global News
[5] Investor dispute provision in NAFTA still at impasse ahead of Washington meeting: Politico

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