The sabre rattling from below the border about reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement has caused a lot of anxiety up here in Canada. What seems to be forgotten by many is that there was widespread opposition to the deal in the first place when it was brought in back in 1994.
Today we present a talk outlining one aspect of the NAFTA agreement called The Proportionality Rule. It's an example of what was wrong with NAFTA in the first place. Today's speaker focuses on a clause which binds Canada but was rejected by Mexico in 1994 when the agreement was first negotiated and ratified. Gordon Laxer says we should have followed Mexico's lead. He explains how this clause affects our energy policy, climate change and the politics of the tar sands in his presentation called NAFTA and Climate Change.
This event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. It was organized and supported by the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Corporate Mapping Project and West Coast Environmental Law.
Gordon Laxer is the author of a forthcoming report "Escaping Mandatory Oil Exports", outlining how and why Canada needs to dump NAFTA’s energy proportionality rule. He is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute (1996-2011) and a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is author/editor of six books, including "Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada", which in 1991 received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. His latest book "After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians", was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Dafoe prize in non-fiction books and winner of the Errol Sharpe book award.
Thanks to Tania Ehret for recording this for rabble.ca.
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