A research project is underway to consult Canadians about how human rights are to be incorporated into trade agreements. Towards a Socially Responsible Trade Policy is organized by a team from the University of Montreal and the project is seeking input from all Canadians on how we see NAFTA and other trade deals. There is an online survey, and a day of hearings on Sept 22nd in Vancouver.
This is an independent, non-government project. It uses a social justice framework, in a way similar to the approach of all community developers, and the Solidarity Economy activists in Montreal. Community level organizing always features human rights, this research pushes us to apply the same principles more effectively in the realm of international trade.