Forget NAFTA. America’s trade war with Canada has already started


Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), American and Mexican citizens may be eligible for facilitated processing when applying for a temporary Work Permit in Canada.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing for the possibility the U.S. may pull out of NAFTA. For Canadian companies, the trade skirmish has already begun.

The gap widens between Democrats and Republicans: This is the highest level from Democrats and the lowest level from Republicans ever recorded by the Chicago Council Survey. Republicans have more negative views of Canada as a fair trade partner than Democrats, as well. S, showing higher support than any other U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Nafta disambiguation.

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In addition, the Trump administration has launched separate probes into aluminum, steel and solar panels. To be sure, the increase in cases against Canada also coincides with an uptick in the number the U.

Not to mention the bulk of trade between the two countries remains tariff-free as long as NAFTA exists. Even when countries win the legal costs of fighting an investor claim, it can cost millions of dollars. About 63 per cent of the claims against Canada involved challenges to environmental protection or resource management programs that allegedly interfere with the profits of foreign investors.

The government has lost some of these environmental challenges and has been forced to overturn legislation protecting the environment. In , the Ethyl Corporation, a U. A year later, U. Canada argued it was obliged to dispose of the waste within its own borders under another international treaty. All of them were brought by U. In one case, a Calgary headquartered company that is registered in the U. Lone Pine argues it was not consulted before the ban nor compensated for its wasted investment or loss of potential revenue.

Sinclair argues that the threat of challenges under chapter 11 has a chilling effect on public interest regulation, which will only worsen unless political and legal action is taken. Canada is embarking on a new generation of multinational treaties such as the European Union free trade deal and the Trans Pacific Partnership, both of which contain investor-state dispute settlement ISDS systems.