Tag Archives: NAFTA

Canada’s opening stance for NAFTA talks: Common ground, not confrontation

The Canadian government is signalling the approach it intends to take should Donald Trump make good on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. is laying out some starting principles such as co-operation instead of confrontation. In a lengthy interview, David MacNaughton expressed his desire to see the countries propose common-ground, common-sense ideas that improve the old agreement instead of flinging out hardball demands that could produce deep, drama-filled bargaining. “We have done an extensive amount of work (to prepare for this),” MacNaughton said in the year-end interview. “We have a good sense of what would be in Canada’s interest…. “(But) the areas we need to focus on — and I think we are focusing on — is where is it not just in Canada’s interest, but in Canada and the United States’ interest… “I think if we’re just blatantly trying to push something that works for us but doesn’t work for them, that’s not going to be… quite as easy.” Read the rest here 17:41

We live, we’re often told, in a bold new era of transparency and openness. – Through a glass, darkly By Jason MacLean

So much so that businesses and governments are falling over themselves to demonstrate their commitment to this new, transcendent virtue. Read morechroniclejournal  11:17

Legal issues holding up fish-farming complaint to environmental commission

VANCOUVER – An effort by environmentalists, a First Nation and commercial fishermen to use a NAFTA side agreement to force Canada to change the way it polices British Columbia’s salmon farms has bogged down in legal arguments. The groups claim Ottawa is exposing wild salmon to sea lice, disease, toxic chemicals and concentrated waste. [email protected] 16:58