OTTAWA - Hopes are high that world leaders will conclude with a multilateral agreement on climate change in Paris this December. But any agreement could be undone when government leaders attempt to implement changes back home. Thanks to the thousands of trade agreements that have been negotiated in recent decades, corporations could mount costly and crippling legal challenges to any environmental legislation that gets in the way of profit.
How odd that Canada is upset over being sued under NAFTA. Under NAFTA, Canada is forcing the United States to repeal its imported meat labeling law. Under another trade agreement, Canada is suing Romania for $4 billion for not allowing a large open-pit mine. Which way does Canada want this to go?