Minister Chrystia Freeland,
The U.S. has finally released its revised plans for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which include an Intellectual Property chapter taken straight from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and puts our digital rights at serious risk.
Throughout the TPP negotiations, millions of citizens spoke up in opposition to the Intellectual Property chapter, and the dangerous copyright provisions that would break the open Internet as we know it. The Canadian government rejected the IP Chapter in its signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
We cannot afford to let it back in now.
NAFTA has the potential to impact critical functions of the Internet, and if not properly addressed it could significantly threaten innovation, access to information, the dissemination of news, cultural exchange, artistic creation and democratic organizing.
The voices of the public are not reflected in this draft NAFTA agreement. To date, this negotiation process has been opaque, with no transparency into the public consultations, and ignores the lessons learned from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
I am writing to ask you to remove any Intellectual Property chapter from a revised NAFTA agreement, and not trade away the Internet.