A Bilateral Free Trade Agreement with U.S. a Slow Death*
From Alexandra Bruce
A film by Bryan Law and Dan Dicks, ‘United We Fall’ is a documentary about the North American Union, (a.k.a. NAFTA) that is being developed right now between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
NAFTA has been good for some powerful sectors and not at all good for poor, working people, and for those that are not benefiting from corporate profits. For example, in Canada since signing a bilateral free trade agreement with the United States, two thirds of Canadian families have experienced a decline in their real incomes. The North American Free Trade Agreement has also displaced 2 million Mexican peasant farmers from their land. Some of them have migrated to cities and about half a million every year try to enter illegally into the United States to find work. It’s proven to be not so good for the people at the bottom of the social ladder.
One of the major concerns that Canada and Mexico have about NAFTA is that it might open their capital to being taken over by US multinational corporations.
Large corporations are automatically given the rights of a “citizen” within that nation and by that, as a citizen, the corporations are allowed to challenge the laws in that country. Such provisions allow a corporation to sue a national government, if it feels that is not getting the treatment that would be entitled to under NAFTA.
This film takes a look at all sides of the debate; about its benefits and harms, by interviewing both insiders and activists who have been at the heart of this heated debate.
The film also looks to the broader agenda of building a world government (“NWO”) and its implications.