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Beyond Neoliberalism, Toward a Trade Agenda for People and the Planet

October 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

In collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office (RLS-NYC), and the Trade Justice Network, the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) invites you to a workshop on progressive trade policy alternatives and the new publication Beyond NAFTA 2.0, organized mainly around small group discussions for lots of opportunities for everyone to contribute to the dialogue. There will be simultaneous translation into French and English (for the plenaries and designated break-out groups). Lunch will be provided.

NAFTA 2.0 has reverberated on the Mexican, Canadian, and American scenes. As national elections approach in Canada, historic labor reform has passed in Mexico, and the Democratic Primary heats up in the US, trade policy is firmly rooted on the national and international stage.

In all three countries, what has become clear is that our era of free trade has only profited the very few, while leaving many behind. On the left, we have heard many critiques of trade, and NAFTA specifically, but until now we have heard little about what it is that we do want. Beyond NAFTA 2.0 builds upon the critiques of the NAFTA 2.0 while bringing us beyond our current situation. It does so by offering a new trade paradigm pursuing a Progressive Trade Policy for People and Planet.

Incorporating the voices of multiple trade experts from all three countries, the publication Beyond NAFTA 2.0 provides a roadmap towards a Progressive Trade Policy. On October 30, Editors Manuel Perez-Rocha (IPS) and Scott Sinclair (CCPA) will be joined by contributor Karen Hansen-Kuhn (IATP) to present the publication and host timely discussions on trade’s substantial role in our current political moment.


October 30, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Impact Hub Ottawa
123 Slater St 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H2 Canada
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