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Globalisation and Trade Ethyl Corporation And Common Misconceptions Regarding NAFTA
Contributed by Michael Scott on Monday, April 25 at 22:47 (4,772 reads)

Does the Ethyl Corporation's successful suit against the Canadian government regarding the ban of the chemical MMT illustrate that corporate profits trump a sovereign state's ability to protect their citizens under NAFTA, or does this case provide an example of a law that was rushed to take advantage of political optics and as a result was poorly crafted and subsequently overturned?

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Globalisation and Trade Expanding U.S.-Mexico Economic And Security Cooperation
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, March 15 at 15:44 (3,404 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

There were growing concerns over drug violence prior to the recent U.S.-Mexico summit, along with other issues which have been a source of friction between the two countries. Despite any perceived tension, both leaders showcased their bilateral partnership and vowed to enhance collaboration. They focused on immigration, along with economic issues and took steps to end the long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking. The leaders also agreed to further deepen their cooperation in combating drug cartels. 

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Globalisation and Trade Perimeter Security And The Future Of North American Integration
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, March 01 at 10:19 (4,903 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

Out of the ashes of the defunct Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the U.S. has pursued simultaneous bilateral agendas with both Canada and Mexico, in an effort to further deepen North American economic and security integration. While the NAFTA framework remains intact, a recent announcement by Canada and the U.S. to work towards a trade and security perimeter agreement without Mexico, has some questioning the future of the whole trilateral process.

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Globalisation and Trade EU Trade Deal Could Cost Canadian Drug Plans Billions
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, February 08 at 12:22 (4,755 reads)

By André Picard

Provisions in a new trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the European Union could add about $2.8-billion a year in costs to Canadian drug plans if implemented, a new report warns.

The estimate includes $1.3-billion more for public drug plans and $1.5-billion for private drug plans.

"This will create a huge hole in provincial budgets in particular,” Aidan Hollis, a professor of economics at the University of Calgary and co-author of the report, said in an interview.

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Globalisation and Trade Keep Europe Out Of The Tar Sands! Re CETA
Contributed by Janet M Eaton on Tuesday, January 18 at 12:16 (3,166 reads)

CETA New Report: Keep Europe Out of the Tar Sands!

Published by The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Europe,
Indigenous Environmental Network, UK Tar Sands Network, January 2011

Canada´s tar sands are attracting global concern and criticism. The
tar sands have become one of the last frontiers for "Big Oil,"
including major European multinationals BP, Total and Shell. The
unfolding social and environmental disaster in Alberta demands urgent
action, including the respect of Indigenous rights, stronger
regulations on carbon emissions, water use and contamination, and
more. Yet the proposed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic
and Trade Agreement (CETA), if completed as planned, threatens to
undermine stricter tar sands regulations in Canada and stronger
climate policies in Europe. This is confirmed in legal analysis
prepared for the Council of Canadians and The Indigenous
Environmental Network based on draft CETA text....

For full report see:


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Globalisation and Trade China Leader's Limits Come Into Focus As US Visit Nears
Contributed by RickW on Monday, January 17 at 08:10 (2,313 reads)

Mr. Hu also may be the weakest leader of the Communist era. He is less able to project authority than his predecessors were — and perhaps less able to keep relations between the world’s two largest economies from becoming more adversarial.

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Globalisation and Trade From NAFTA To CETA: Canada-EU Deep Economic Integration
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Saturday, January 15 at 14:31 (2,942 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

Canada and the European Union (EU) have already held five rounds of negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which will go beyond NAFTA. With the sixth round of talks scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium from January 17-21, Canadian and EU officials remain optimistic that a deal could be finalized by the end of 2011. Thus far, negotiations have included key areas such as goods, rules of origin, services, investment, government procurement, as well as others. As talks enter their final crucial stages, there are growing concerns over the threat CETA poses to Canadian sovereignty. Coupled with the financial turmoil sweeping Europe, deep economic integration with the EU could prove disastrous.

In a recent article Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, points out the dangers Canada faces with the current CETA trade model. She warns that, “CETA will open up the rules, standards and public spending priorities of provinces and municipalities to direct competition and challenge from European corporations.” Barlow goes on to say, “Europe is seeking a comprehensive and aggressive global approach to acquiring the raw materials needed by its corporations. At its heart, this deal is a bid for unprecedented and uncontrolled European access to Canadian resources.” She also added, “CETA will likely have a NAFTA-type investor-state enforcement mechanism, which means that European corporations will have the same right that U.S. companies now enjoy to sue the Canadian government if it introduces new rules to protect the environment.” If CETA includes something similar to NAFTA's Chapter 11 which gives corporations the power to challenge laws and regulations that restrict their profits, U.S. and Mexican companies could benefit from any rulings that favour the EU. Ultimately, like NAFTA and other trade deals, CETA will further serve corporate interests.

A report released in December of last year, entitled Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, “exposes how CETA would open up public municipal water systems across Canada to privatization.” The paper prepared by the the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees cautions that, “public water in Canada will be lost unless the provinces and territories take immediate steps to remove water from the scope of the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.” The Union of B.C. Municipalities supports a resolution by those cities and towns who wish to receive a clear, permanent exemption from CETA. Others have voiced opposition to any deal that could deny government the ability to favour local businesses and create jobs. There has been increased pressure on Ottawa to either fully or partly shield the municipal sector from government procurement of goods and services. Giving the EU full access to sub-national purchasing and contracting in Canada would open up areas such as school boards, universities, hospitals, as well as other provincial agencies.

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Globalisation and Trade North American Integration Back On The Front Burner‏‏
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, December 29 at 10:36 (2,651 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

In the last year, the bilateral process has been the primary means used to advance North American integration, which has drawn little attention. With the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) seemingly stalled after being exposed and discredited, the U.S. channelled trilateral negotiations to parallel bilateral discussions with both Canada and Mexico

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 Harper's Christmas Special: The myth of how fortress North America will boost Canadian exports to the U.S.

By James Laxer

Over the past quarter century, it has been a commonplace for right-wing continentalists to insist that without binding agreements between Canada and the United States, Canadian exports will be shut out of the American market.

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Globalisation and Trade Mulroney Says Perimeter Deal With U.S. Good For Canada
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, December 29 at 10:36 (2,445 reads)

The Canadian Press

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says he believes a new security perimeter arrangement with the U.S. represents no threat to sovereignty but does offer a necessary insurance policy for the Canadian economy.

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Globalisation and Trade A New Border Vision And A North American Security Perimeter
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, December 15 at 07:40 (2,624 reads)


There are numerous reports circulating that Canada and the U.S. are secretly negotiating a security and trade deal which could be signed as early as January 2011. The proposed agreement would establish a security perimeter as a means to better secure North America and stimulate trade. The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), along with other U.S.-Canada initiatives have allowed the two countries to incrementally move towards creating a common security perimeter. 

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Globalisation and Trade North American Union – “U.S. Super Spy Center” Uncovered In Mexico
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Saturday, November 20 at 14:34 (2,293 reads)

- Mexican Magazine Proceso reveals the location of a US Military-Intelligence Megaplex in Mexico City.

-Megaplex includes offices for the CIA, FBI, DEA, Defense Intelligence, BATF, Department of Treasury and others.

- U.S. Intelligence Operatives will no longer have to disguise themselves as diplomats.

- Mexico will now have a Military ‘Liaison’ for NORTHCOM.

- U.S. is now in charge of all tactical efforts against the drug war, counter-insurgency, and counter-terrorism in Mexico.

- Obama and Hillary Clinton are credited for the creation of the Office of Bi-lateral Intelligence in Mexico (OBI).

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Globalisation and Trade North American Union- The Road To A Global Climate Deal
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, October 26 at 21:28 (2,114 reads)


On Oct 1, 2010 in Waterloo, Environment Minister Jim Prentice delivered the opening keynote to a conference organized by The Centre For International Governance Innovation entitled: “Climate of Action, The Road To A Global Climate Deal”. A quick look into the CIGI reveals that it receives major funding from the Canadian Government, Corporations, The Rockefeller Foundation and Power Corporation Canada to act as an ‘nonpartisan’ NGO, speaking on our behalf while creating false consensus to be used to justify governmental action in the direction of the bigger agenda.

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Globalisation and Trade U.S. Economic, Political And Military Expansion In Asia-Pacific Region
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, October 05 at 13:19 (2,316 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

The U.S. is stepping up efforts to gain more influence in Asia-Pacific through participation in more regional institutions and negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. U.S. foreign policy seeks to shape the future of the region in an attempt to dominate economic, political and security issues.

There are concerns over the rise of trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific by U.S. competitors that could greatly affect its interests. The TPP is seen by many as a key component of America’s trade strategy for further engagement in the region.

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Globalisation and Trade Expanding U.S.-Canada Security And Economic Partnership
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, September 14 at 14:30 (2,505 reads)

In recent years, U.S.-Canada border issues have been overshadowed by concerns surrounding illegal immigration and drug violence on the southern border. Earlier this summer, both countries agreed to work towards a more joint approach to border security aimed at addressing common threats and promoting economic cooperation.

In July, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, “met to advance a strategic dialogue on developing a shared vision for border security for Canada and the United States—one that will enhance security and resilience against common threats, while bolstering competitiveness and job creation.”

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