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Gender Chapters in Trade Deals Will be Standard One Day: NAFTA Documents

(Joanna Smith – Canadian Press)

The Trudeau government knows other countries are raising their eyebrows at the thought of feminist trade deals, but the Liberals are convinced the idea will one day be as obvious as labour and environmental standards are today.

That is one of the messages Canadian negotiators have been using to try to convince the United States and Mexico to include a gender chapter in the new North American Free Trade Agreement, newly released briefing materials show.

“Think back 20 years and remember the early discussions of labour and environment in the context of trade agreements,” said talking points prepared for senior bureaucrats at Global Affairs Canada ahead of negotiations that began Aug. 16 in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more.