In response to the ongoing negotiations of the Canada-Mercosur and Canada-Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreements, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), joined by the Climate Action Network Canada, Council of Canadians, Greenpeace Canada, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, the Trade Justice Network, Unifor and the United Steelworkers, have collectively sent the below submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada and Global Affairs Canada for their consideration.
The submission outlines recommendations to ensure that Canada’s trade agreements hold member states and multinational corporations accountable for environmental, human health and Indigenous rights impacts, and respect national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.
This letter has also been posted publicly to CELA’s website: https://www.cela.ca/OpenLetterECCC-GlobalAffairs
Thanks to everyone who contributed. A shout out to Kerrie Blaise at CELA for leading this effort!