27 February 2008

You go, Hillary (and you, too, Barack)

If the two Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidency were both looking good before, they are looking even better today. Hillary Clinton stated if she's elected she will insist on renegotiating NAFTA under threat of the six-month opting-out clause. She will demand tougher labour and environmental standards and a new dispute-resolution mechanism. She will also eliminate the right of foreign firms to sue the United States over protection of American workers. Barack Obama supported her position.

What these two splendid candidates are advocating is nothing less than a NAFTA for workers and the environment rather than just for corporations. What an idea! And shielding governments from lawsuits by corporations restores a little of the democracy the current version took away. I'm starting to take a real interest in this election.

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