Trade

International trade and investment agreements.

Agricultural Impacts of CETA
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food regardingAgricultural Impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade AgreementPDF VersionDecember 5, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to present our views on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The NFU is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains and oilseeds, livestock, dairy, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969. Our mandate is to work for policies designed to: Read more
Harper Government Trading Away Democracy through CETA
(November 20, 2014 ) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will impede the implementation of agricultural policy that is in the public interest. The report <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanTrading Away Democracy: How CETA's investment protection rules threaten public good in Canada and the EU</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span released this week by a dozen social justice and environmental groups in Canada and Europe, draws attention to the Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) mechanism, which is similar to NAFTA's Chapter 11, in the Canada-EU trade agreement. Read more
PEI Organizations’ Brief on CETA
We believe that trade with other provinces and countries is essential to the economy of Prince Edward Island. However, the manner by which trade is organized and the rules which are applied to it determine not only who benefits from trade but also determine the role which public policies can play in ensuring that those benefits are shared as widely as possible. Read more
More than 100 CSOs sign statement decrying CETA
Over 100 organizations on both sides of the Atlantic strongly oppose an agreement that will enrich multinational corporations at the expense of citizens' rights. CETA involves much more than just trade in goods; it will also encompass trade in numerous services, including financial services and public services. Read more
CETA delivers lucrative markets to European exporters, empty promises to Canadian farmers, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Saskatoon, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSeptember 26, 2014)<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span -</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanToday the federal government is celebrating theCanada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in spite of massive opposition from citizens, including farmers, on both sides of the Atlantic. The text of the deal has finally been released, exposing its empty promises to the Canadian public only after the negotiations are closed. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has analysed leaked texts that show CETA will have huge negative consequences for Canadian farmers, our economy and our sovereignty. Read more
CETA Investor-State Dispute Settlement process “anti-democratic, unnecessary and unfair,” says NFU
SASKATOON— is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop negotiating an excessive and controversial investor rights chapter in the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Read more
Proposed Comprehensive and High‐Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan
Family farmers are committed to a food system that provides safe and healthy food to people in this country and abroad. The NFU supports trade in agriculture, as long as it is fair trade – trade which supports the livelihoods of family farmers in Canada and those of our trading partners around the world, and which ensures each country has the capacity to feed itself and to democratically make decisions that support long-term economic, social and ecological sustainability in regard to their respective food systems. Read more
NFU presentation on Supply-Management to Parliamentary Committee on International Trade
The strongly contends that trade should be used to enhance economies, not to replace economies. Read more
NFU presentation on competitiveness and competition to Commons Agriculture Committee
The solution to the farm income crisis is simple: Canadian federal and provincial legislation, policies, and regulations must cease strengthening the most powerful and profitable in the system and instead rebalance the strength and profitability of farmers relative to these agribusiness giants. We must curb, not fortify, the capacities of the dominant global transnationals to Read more