Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Urge the federal government to ensure NAFTA trade deal works for RNs and for health

Urge the federal government to ensure NAFTA trade deal works for RNs and for health

The governments of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will begin renegotiating NAFTA in August and the Canadian government is seeking input on the renegotiation.

Trade deals such as NAFTA allow foreign corporations to sue Canada at tribunals that can undermine decisions made to protect our health-care system, social safety net, the environment, labour and education. These deals can even undermine global commitments to tackle climate change and reduce dangerous pollutants such as lead. They also allow challenges to government programs and policies, including those intended to protect health or labour standards, jobs or the environment.

The direction of the upcoming negotiations could make NAFTA better or worse for Canadians. President Trump is already eyeing the renegotiation as a means of ensuring North America becomes a globally dominant fossil fuel producing region. The proportionality clause written into NAFTA means that the US could require Canada to send the same proportion of our total oil or gas supply as we sold them over the previous three years -- regardless of climate consequences and domestic energy needs.

If Canada is to show leadership on climate, we need to ensure these deals restrict fossil fuels and ensure compliance with the Paris Agreement rather than expand fossil fuel dependency.

Please sign the editable letter below, adapted from the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. The letter demands nine key changes to NAFTA.

Additionally, if you wish to respond directly to the federal NAFTA renegotiation consultation, read more here.

This action alert is addressed to:

  • Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
  • Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Copies will be sent to:

  • Honourable Gerry Ritz, Conservative Trade Critic
  • Tracey Ramsey, NDP Trade Critic
  • Gabriel Ste-Marie, Bloc Québécois Trade Critic
  • Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader
  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario
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