NAFTA vs the British North America Act
December 28, 2008 2:18 AM Subscribe
NAFTA treaty may face constitutional challenge in Canada. Premier Danny Williams
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Of Newfoundland and Labrador, already famous for his immensely successful ABC (Anything but Conservative) campaign
during the 2008 federal election, is terminating the forestry tenure of AbitibiBowater and expropriating its assets.
This move came as a response to AbitibiBowater's decision to close a newspaper mill.
I have reposted the Globe and Mail Article to an empty blog because soon the link will require payment to access. Original link here
This is about two things. First, it's about government actually enforcing resource contracts. Lumber mills and Aluminum smelters have been closing all over Canada not because they're no longer profitable but because it became much more profitable to close the mills and sell power from the hydro plants they were only allowed to build on an implied or contractual agreement that required them to run a mill or smelter. Even written contracts haven't been enforced. Newfoundland is finally doing something to put a stop to this trend that has made resource companies buckets of money and put thousands of Canadians out of work.
Secondly this is about the abuse Federal Law when it comes to international agreements. Provinces are constitutionally guarunteed the right to manage their own resources. Constitutionally, this decision cannot be interfered with by the federal government. This has been tested in the courts. But the federal government has the sole right to make international agreements. The question is, can it bind provinces to these agreements without their consent? Hypothetically it can't. But this has never been tested in the courts before.
Danny Williams has unanimous popular support. If he wins this one he could probably run for Prime Minister and win by a landslide.