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Looking to the example of the CETA deal with Europe, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada would like to see amendments to NAFTA “to ensure that governments have an unassailable right to regulate in the public interest.” Not unreasonable.

According to Patrick Leblond, a professor and trade specialist at University of Ottawa, it makes sense for Canada to reform NAFTA and include the same kind of investor-protection provisions that were included in CETA, including the ability of civil society organizations to weigh in on cases through “amicus” briefs to the panels.

“I think it will be transformed to make it more transparent,”...

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