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Left out of the NAFTA talks, civil society hosts a multinational meeting Friday

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(businesspress24) - OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/21/17 -- With the approach of NAFTA''s third round of negotiations, civil society groups are disturbed by the absence of any stakeholder round in the NAFTA talks. In response, they will be holding their own multinational meeting on Friday in Ottawa that will include prominent civil society activists and politicians from all three countries involved. "Once again, corporations and profit are the centre of the discussion, before the commons, the people and the planet," participants said in a joint statement.

"The Canadian Government says it aims to negotiate a progressive trade agreement. But for that to be true, there has to be genuine engagement with civil society. Unless NAFTA''s Chapter 11 provisions are eliminated and any new agreement establishes binding norms that guarantee the preeminence of human, political, economic, labour, social, cultural and environmental rights, there cannot be a progressive trade agreement."

Participants and politicians from Mexico, the United States and Canada, including leading Canadian, Quebecois and Indigenous figures, will hold events in Ottawa on the Friday before the talks. Following principles discussed last May at a tri-national civil society meeting in Mexico, they will deliver a joint on Parliament Hill at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a photo op for media. The civil society group will then hold a public discussion forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Huguette Labelle Hall, Room 112 of Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa.

A panel with legislators will include:

Civil society speakers will include:

The event is being organized by a broad coalition including Common Frontiers, the Council of Canadians, Reseau quebecois sur l''integration continentale and the Trade Justice Network.

The full schedule is available at .


Raul Burbano
Common Frontiers

Ronald Cameron
Reseau quebecois sur l''integration continentale:

Sujata Dey
Council of Canadians
613 796-7724

Nadia Ibrahim,
Trade Justice Network

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Date: 09/21/2017 - 18:20
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