29 August 2019

The event will be Live streamed.

The Canada-United States- Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) is slated to be passed in the House of Commons before the elections in October 2019. Even with the limited improvements to  CUSMA, the agreement falls short of any real alternative.  Rather it follows a long line of neoliberal trade agreements that have little to do with free trade and everything to do with facilitating profit generation for multinational corporations.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (ALMO) once an ardent NAFTA opponent has embraced the new USMCA with Mexico becoming the first country to ratify it.  

Civil society groups in Canada and Mexico are still opposed to key elements of the deal including calling for stronger enforcement mechanisms over labour and environmental regulations.

Join us for a discussion about the trade agenda and the current political context in Mexico and Canada as we explore alternative forms of trade and build North- South cooperation. 

Date: Sept 25, 2019

Time: 3-6 PM 

Location York University –  Kaneff Tower, Room 519 (Corner of Ian MacDonald and York Lanes/York Boulevard) 


Eladio  Abundiz – National Coordinator of the Authentic Labor Front and the representative in the External Affairs Commission of the National Workers Union (UNT) and a worker in the hospitality and  rubber industry. Eladio has helped organize industrial waste workers (recyclers) in the State of Guanajuato. 

Sam Gindin – was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers from 1974–2000 and is now an adjunct professor at York University in Toronto. He is co-author (with Leo Panitch) of The Making of Global Capitalism (Verso).

Anna Zalik – Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where she teaches in the area of global environmental politics and critical development studies.  Her research, in conjunction with colleagues and community organizations, examines and critiques the political ecology and political economy of industrial extraction, with a focus on the merging of corporate security and social welfare interventions in strategic exporters, particularly Nigeria, Mexico and Canada.- Community 

Moderated by: Laura Ramirez Staff Representative from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

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Event organized by : York University’s – The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Global Labour Research Centre,  United Steelworkers – Humanity Fund, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, Socialist Project, The Public Service Alliance of Canada- Social Justice Fund and Common Frontiers