President Trump made renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a key part of his campaign, but during the negotiations Canada is making demands of the U.S..

Canadian negotiators want the U.S. to repeal ‘right-to-work’ laws that are currently being used in 28 states and prevents unions from monopolizing entire industries. The Globe and Mail reported that Canada wants both the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labor costs to match their own.

The leftist government that runs Canada believes that the anti-union and pro-freedom ‘right-to-work’ laws give the U.S. and an unfair advantage.

“I’m very pleased with the position the Canadian government is taking on labour standards,” Jerry Dias, the leader of Canada’s largest private-sector trade union Unifor, told reporters. “Canada’s got two problems: The low wage rates in Mexico and the right-to-work states in the United States.”

Even free trade Republicans would find this deal unworkable given that unions donate millions for Democrats every year.

The U.S. isn’t the only one being demanded to raise their labor costs, Canada is also demanding that Mexico tighten up their labor laws and end their corporate-sanctioned unions which negotiate anti-worker agreements.

In addition, Canada also wants both the U.S. and Mexico to adopt paid maternity leave options for female employees.

All of these may become a poison pill for Republicans who will feel that the agreement will ultimately take away any competitive edge America has in the world and slow down growth.

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  • Danielle Stickley

    It would be nice if America adopted maternity leave. We’re one of the only countries who do not- even among some of the “third world countries”.
    I live in a “right to work” state- yes we have many jobs that our neighbors could not dream of- but the state has also been screwed over by companies who come in for the tax breaks and leaves before they are required to PAY taxes. – but I work in an industry which RELIES on RTW. So personally I want–NEED it to stay. Canada for being our neighbor sure does not understand giving the US ultimatums is surest way to make us not do it.. now if Mexico was to update it’s labor laws at least to the US’s standards maybe fewer workers would be driven to US looking for “work”. So this is a catch 22.

    • Max Casey

      The fastest way to slow the adoption of women in the workplace is to force employers to pay for maternity leave. Quite simply it would make hiring women more expensive, and less productive over the same time frame than a man. Moreover, why is it the employers responsibility? Why can’t a woman and her husband save up money to cover the costs of a maternity leave? Why can’t they plan ahead a bit? And don’t bother with the unplanned pregnancy garbage. Anyone with half a brain can keep from having unplanned kids. it is not the employers responsibility, it is not the rest of the countries responsibility, to back stop irresponsible behavior.

      • Jack

        I cannot agree more with you on that. It is not “work” related, it is a personal choice.

      • AverageJoe1987

        Exactly.

        Which then the women cry sexism because their own demands have knocked them out of the job market.

      • cojar

        Maybe employers would hire older women who have already reared children and/or gone through menopause.

    • Lisa Clymer

      Why does America need to ‘adopt maternity leave’? If you know you are pregnant you know that according to FMLA) you can have six weeks off, save for it accordingly.

      • Danielle Stickley

        Actually paternity leave is a good idea. I know it’s not perfect but if there is parental leave then fewer new parents would have to leave their jobs to recover and get used to the new addition knowing that job’s there for them.. vs going onto assistance to pay the bills. Is it cheaper over all to pay a couple of months leave to an reliable-and trained employee or pay the taxes for someone who’s had a baby to be on assistance -for an unknown amount of time-because they lost that job. For the company to hire and train a new employee, and hope they stick?

        • Ginger De Sisti

          Most company’s do pay for 6 weeks off.. If you want to take more than that off you should be able but not get paid for it.

    • GTKRWN

      Laquantisha gets a job at McDonalds while 2 months pregnant and still not showing. Works one day, then demands white people pay her their demands of 6mo – 1yr of maternity leave. She aborts at the third trimester, because liberals have made unlimited free abortions a “right” then goes and gets a job at Burger King before getting knocked up again. Rinse and repeat.

      This is the liberal utopia.

  • skant153

    why not paid paternity leave too? that’s sexist

    • JmsNxn

      In Canada there is a total of 18 months that can be split between either parent freely. So paternity leave = maternity leave in a sense. But it is no doubt a fact that women take it much much more often than men do.

      • ScienceFiction97

        It is not about Canada’s maternity/paternity leave, but the fact that they are asking for only maternity leave in the US.

        • JmsNxn

          Are they? My point was, they usually just call it maternity leave, because they just call it that, but in reality it’s split between both parents.

  • Andrew Deblasio

    Here is the Response to Justin in Canada. 1) Fuck you. 2) read 1) 3) Kid Rock for Senate!

  • ILLGotti

    Canada needs to be reminded who is the parent and who is the child

  • airborne_m83

    I hate unions… I prefer right to work any day of the week… maternity/paternity i can agree with…but unions can go straight to hell

  • C Money

    Kill it. Dead.

  • De Plorables Unum

    Canada should mind its own business and continue on its path to communism. After all, the U.S. will benefit when all the smart Canadians leave for greener (U.S.) pastures.

    • kanata37

      This never would have come up if Trump didn’t decide to open up NAFTA to renegotiation. There are lots of points that Canada and Mexico would love to have added to NAFTA. Maybe Trump should have thought ahead a little before trying to do something that is way beyond his competence level.

      • De Plorables Unum

        But giving America away was within Clinton’s competency…whether you like it or not, Trump is not the buffoon the MSM makes him out to be. Can’t wait until the voting commission finishes its work and shows that over 6 million voted illegally. That would make Trump the popular vote winner as well.

      • chicatsixty

        What is your point. The USA has 300+ million people – Canada has 31M. Use your head if you have one and figure out who has the advantage. Canada is a small spot on the map from the standpoint of financial strength and giving orders in the World about their virtues. The land mass is big, but the negotiators have small minds as is typical with Socialists.

        • kanata37

          It is obvious you don’t know much about international trade agreements or negotiations. Some points that will be brought up on all sides are just there to be distractors and will never go through, however when the country who brought it up concedes the point they will gain in other areas. Really no one has the advantage based on size of their population or economy. Trump is used to negotiating from the bully standpoint and that simply does not work with an agreement like NAFTA. Also don’t forget that there is a clause in NAFTA saying that if NAFTA is terminated then we revert to the FTA which actually favours Canada.

          • Chesapeake

            The audacity of you thinking you know anything about Trump’s negotiating is obnoxious.

      • Roman Pesek

        Really, Kanata?

      • Bob Cannell

        Screw em. Mexico and Canada both lose in a trade dispute.

  • cojar

    What is so scary about this is that foreign countries don’t respect our national sovereignty

  • V F

    Right to work is power to the people.

  • Patti York

    I see, the union mob bosses are running Canada. I never liked that place.

  • Adnil Yelkam

    they know that it’s an unobtainable goal but they’ll look like hero’s of the people for simply asking.

  • Janine Ferris Hosseini

    Unions for the sake of Canada? Sure…….lol.

  • chicatsixty

    So who does Freeland et al think they are trying to dictate how other Countries run their business. If Canada wants to be held hostage and ruin their Export competitiveness then let them be stupid. Why should other countries match their silliness. As if Canada is in some huge bargaining advantage position. This is mainly to cater to Ontario & Quebec and Canada is about more than 2 Provinces. I suggest USA and Mexico tell them ‘to pound sand’ as the polite saying goes.

  • bookish1

    I just can’t wrap my mind around the image of pushy Canadians.

  • Ben Kuyt

    I don’t like unions, they had their place in the 20s, but they’re dumb now in many sectors. But paid maternity and paternity leave is important to keeping up a decent population of workers. If people don’t have kids, they won’t plan on working their hardest.

  • ScienceFiction97

    Mind your own damn business, Canada. This is renegotiation for NAFTA, not a meeting for you to demand we change our country’s laws.

  • thunder bolt

    The only reason I visit Canada is for the cheap strippers.

    • Tarantula2

      Good looking ones too…

  • I_h8_disqus

    Of Canada doesn’t like its high labor rates or repressive and job killing unions, they shouldn’t get rid of them. Personally, I think Canada doesn’t belong in Any trade agreement with the US. They really have nothing to offer. Our focus should be on Asia, Latin America, and Russia.

  • Doc

    This sounds like plenty of reason to end NAFTA..

  • DeanC

    Former Canadian and now American citizen here: Canadian unions have been the bane of that country for many, many decades. That Dias clown is just spouting the same type of BS that Canada’s citizens have been hearing forever. In my opinion the unions there are second only to Great Britain as far as unrestrained power is concerned.

  • A Lindberg

    Unions have done and continue to do lots of good work negotiating on contracts, implementing the health and welfare benefits negotiated and training the workforce. Those areas that have so called right to work laws have seen stagnation and reductions in the pay of blue collar workers. You guys cheering on the laws that force unions to provide a service for which they are not paid are cutting your own economic throats. The fact that leftists have taken over the leadership in too many of these organizations is not a reflection of unions but of the membership who think they don’t have to participate in running the organization.