Quebec Studies

Renegotiating NAFTA Under a Trump Presidency: Tweak, Tear, or Think Again? A Legal Perspective from Québec

Quebec Studies (2017), 64, (1), 123–140.

Abstract

This article outlines the major issues of NAFTA renegotiation. It provides an overview of the most challenging U.S. demands for Canada, whether it is for strengthening of the rules of origin, eliminating the dispute settlement mechanism and the supply management system for dairy products, or enforcing “Buy American” rules, especially in public procurements. It also sets out the issues that, conversely, suggest a possible alignment of the two countries, including modernization of chapter 11 on investment, inclusion of new rules on electronic commerce, and enhanced protection of labor and environment. Finally, the article presents the issues that, even if they don’t lead to consensus, should not jeopardize negotiations: the retention or suppression of the cultural exception in Canada and the thorny question of water commercialization.

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Ouellet, Richard

Messier, Maxence