The standard story about NAFTA is that it took jobs from Canadian and American workers and sent them to Mexico. But free trade's impact on Mexico has proved to be even worse for Mexican workers, their families, and their communities. In the centenary of the Mexican Revolution, we traveled to Mexico to speak with community leaders, factory workers, educators, union activists, and advocates for migrant justice to explore how Mexico has been affected by neoliberal policies and economics, and to examine the grassroots social movements that seek to promote social justice across borders.
Featuring a panel discussion with the director and film participants after the screening.
Winner of the 2012 Documentary Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival.
As soon as it won its coveted majority, the Harper government put the pedal to the metal on the trade front, with a stampede of new free-trade deals. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade currently lists 18 different deals in play, ranging from puny (Panama and Jordan) to gargantuan (Europe, Japan and India).
Anyone who stands in the way of this juggernaut clearly must oppose trade in general. At least that's how the Conservatives portray the issue, attempting to brand its New Democratic opponents as economically illiterate dinosaurs.
Dave Lundy, OPSEU's regional vice-president, looks at the negative effects of free trade on Smith Falls, Ontario.