Enhanced labour mobility is high on the list of goals for the Canadian government as it gears up for next month’s start of negotiations on a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement.
Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo shares an anecdote that explains why:
A U.S. company was looking to make a “major investment” in either the Toronto area or Nashville, Tenn. The CEO had just decided Toronto would be the beneficiary when he was stopped at a border crossing by a Canadian border agent who told him he needed a work permit to enter Canada.
“The young woman said ... ‘You know, sir, it’s my job to save Canadian jobs, I can’t let you across’,” Ujczo recounts.
“And he said, ‘Young lady, you just lost yourself 300 jobs.’“
That, says Ujczo, is an example of “the real world consequences” of antiquated labour mobility provisions in NAFTA. Click here to read more.