Minister Chrystia Freeland,
Ambassador Robert Lighthizer
Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal
NAFTA has the potential to impact critical functions of the Internet, and if not properly addressed could significantly threaten innovation, access to information, the dissemination of news, cultural exchange, artistic creation and democratic organizing.
We call on the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to reform the trade process to ensure that voices of the public are heard throughout the negotiations, and providing citizens access to negotiating texts, decision-makers, and real consultation is built into the process from the very beginning.
We also call on all three governments to ensure that where policies that affect the Internet are concerned, there are strong and enforceable provisions to protect the interests of Internet users and the public at large.
We ask you to fight the inclusion of rules that allow corporations to attack democratic policies in unaccountable tribunals. They threaten to undermine the ability of each country to craft regulations that are in the best interest of their citizens and residents, and undermine public trust in trade.
We saw firsthand how the TPP was a disaster for digital rights and our democracies — and we can’t afford to let that happen with NAFTA.
Any process that our governments engage in on our behalf must be founded in an open, transparent, and democratic process, while also protecting the Internet and our online rights that make such global connections possible.