Canadian Government Invites Canadian Expats’ Views on NAFTA
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs in a statement on June 3rd, is reaching out to Canadians regardless of where they might live to provide insight into NAFTA as the government prepares to negotiate with the US. Canadian Expats and particularly those living in the United States and Mexico are in a unique situation to provide an informative narrative on how NAFTA affects their lives and work.
In her statement Minister Freeland said “I invite all Canadians to provide their views on how we can maximize the benefits of a modernized NAFTA. We are committed to hearing directly from Canadians on their priorities, and we will ensure that Canadians continue to have the opportunity to provide their input as we engage with our NAFTA partners.”
The input of Canadians around the world is essential when considering trade agreements, and the Minister Freeland, today announced expanded, online consultations with Canadians on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The consultations are an important next step toward the renegotiation process. The views gathered from Canadians both in Canada and around the world will inform the federal government’s approach as they engage with the United States and Mexico.
The government is steadfastly committed to free trade in the North American region and ensuring that the benefits of trade are enjoyed by all Canadians.
We want to hear from Canadians, and we invite them to share their ideas, experiences and priorities on the modernization of NAFTA by visiting: www.international.gc.ca/nafta
- NAFTA, which includes Canada, the United States and Mexico, came into effect on January 1, 1994.
- On May 18, 2017, the United States formally indicated its intent to renegotiate NAFTA.
- NAFTA created what is today a US$20.7-trillion regional market with 478 million consumers.
- Trilateral trade has increased more than threefold since NAFTA came into force.
- NAFTA has been updated 11 times by Canada, the United States and Mexico.