This Is What Canada Wants In the New NAFTA

The Background 

Canada and the U.S. are set to go to war in Washington this week, as the two countries begin to renogotiate NAFTA. While the U.S. has been very clear about their intentions, we’ve stayed a little more mum about what we hope to get out of the new agreement — until now. Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland laid out our top 10 priorities (which seems like peanuts compared to the White House’s 100) but it still won’t be an easy road. Among our priorities are tougher labour laws, improved environmental standards, a focus on gender and Indigenous rights, and freer movement of professionals. CBC

Why You Should Care

No matter where you work or where you live, how this whole NAFTA thing plays out will affect you in some way. So many of our industries (think dairy and softwood lumber) are wrapped up in trade deals with our southern neighbour, so the terms can really make and break their success. Not to mention, the rules can affect the cost of our imported products, our ability to work in the U.S. and how our closest neighbour (and ally) approaches the environment and the fight against climate change.

What’s Next?

The negotiations officially start on Wednesday so stay tuned for reports from the front line.