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As NAFTA negotiations have moved from deadline to deadline, the Canadian government has so far maintained its position that wants to include environment and climate provisions in an updated trade deal.
Armand De Mestral and Markus Gehring, both fellows with the CIGI's International Law Research Program argue that it would be a mistake to entirely do away with it. The Submission on Enforcement Matters process remains one of the most accessible international environmental processes that exist today. NAFTA renegotiation should envision improvements to the environmental provisions already which are likely to be included.