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Canada, writes Parkland Institute Director Trevor Harrison, is about to relearn the truth in the old maxim, "States do not have friends; they have interests."
Canadian civil society organizations, including Alberta’s Parkland Institute, call upon Canada’s political leaders to respond clearly and unequivocally to US presidential candidate Barack Obama’s challenge to renegotiate NAFTA during this week’s Federal Leaders debates.
Despite the fact that we are running out of natural gas, and that we import 49% of the oil we consume, NAFTA dictates that Canada’s government cannot reduce the percentage of oil and gas we now export to the United States even in times of domestic shortages. A new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says that the only solution to this and other potential scenarios is for Canada to pull out of NAFTA’s ‘proportionality’ clause.
Exiting from NAFTA's Proportionality Clause
The report describes how NAFTA limits Canada's options for managing its energy future and recommends options for regaining Canadian energy security and sovereignty.
A Discussion Paper
This paper is aimed at promoting discussion on the development of an energy security strategy. It is a made-in-Alberta initiative, in partnership with Canadians from energy producing and energy consuming regions.
Energy, Trade, and the Demise of Petrochemicals in Alberta
Canadians are questioning the logic of having traded away our energy sovereignty with NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Kyoto, Trade and Politics
How will trade agreements and federalism constrain Canadian policy makers if they implement the Kyoto Protocol?
We are paying a high price for free trade. The 49th Parallel is vanishing, creating a new integrated continental oil and gas market in which Canadian energy industries are used to feed an ever-growing American demand.