The North American Free Trade Agreement’s energy proportionality rule (Article 605) gives the U.S. virtually unlimited first access to most of Canada’s oil and natural gas.
Big oil corporations can make any decisions they want regarding the amounts and kinds of oil exported from Canada for profit reasons, but Canada's governments are hamstrung from making such decisions.
The Council of Canadians opposes the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, highlights that entrenching Mexico's neo-liberal oil and gas laws in NAFTA would only worsen the climate crisis.
To call on the Trudeau government to scrap the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, please sign our online petition.
The proportionality rule was folded into NAFTA. It obliges Canada to make available to the U.S. over half of our natural gas output, 74 per cent of our oil, and 11 per cent of our electricity.