TPP: Learn from NAFTA on labour, environment

Citizen complaint mechanisms, designed carefully, should be crucial elements of TPP.

PMO Photo: Deb Ransom
US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the so-called three amigos summit last year in Toluca, Mexico.
Mark Aspinwall
Published: Wednesday, 06/03/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 10/05/2015 11:02 am EDT

Over the past several weeks, the United States Congress has taken Washington a step closer to a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But deep opposition from labour and environmental groups remains. So it’s worth reflecting on some lessons learned from NAFTA, especially about who can bring a labour or environmental dispute, and to what forum.

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