International Trade Agreements - Commentary

CELA has a long history of recognizing the consequences of globalization on environmental protection. The expansion of international trade regimes has made it more difficult for countries to develop new and more progressive laws and policies. The same pressures have contributed to rollbacks of existing laws and policies in the areas of participation in decision-making as well as environmental and health protection rules. Since the proposal to introduce the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in the late 1980s, CELA has been at the forefront of discussions and analysis of the environmental implications of international trade agreements. This work has frequently occurred in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Collected below are detailed and summary publications, articles and media releases providing commentary on issues and organizations including the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, the Biosafety Protocol, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Sep 26 2017

Open Statement on NAFTA, Environment and Climate

Sep 26 2017

Déclaration sur l’ALÉNA, l’environnement et le climat
Title:Making Sense of the CETA

An Analysis of the Final Text of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:28
Date authored:September 2014
Author/s:Edited by Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
Author Organization:Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Title:CETA Submissions to the Standing Committee on International Trade

Re: An Act to Implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Bill C-30)

Resource Type:Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:11
Date authored:November 30, 2016
Publication number:1085
Author/s:Kerrie Blaise and Jacqueline Wilson
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Public Consultation Submission
Resource Type:Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:5
Date authored:October 31, 2016
Publication number:1079
Author/s:Jacqueline Wilson and John Swaigen
Author Organization:CELA and Ecojustice
Title:Bait-and-Switch: The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Promised Environmental Protections Do Not Deliver
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:22
Date authored:March 2016
Author/s:Jacqueline Wilson
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Title:CETA’s Implications on Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in Canada
Resource Type:Commentary
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:12
Date authored:October 2015
Publication number:1039
Author/s:Ramani Nadarajah
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA)

Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, with several attachments.

Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:10
Date authored:October 18, 2013
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Speaking Notes for the Deputation to the Standing Committee on International Trade - Bill C-24
Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:7
Date authored:2009
Publication number:897
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Comments by the Canadian Environmental Law Association to the Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) respecting a Study into the Benefits of Full Membership in the Pacific Alliance
Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:April 17, 2013
Publication number:896
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan
Author Organization:CELA
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