The discussions included two main issues:
The recent trade tariff dispute between the U.S. and Canada has come in the middle of the NAFTA negotiations. This turn of events casts some doubt on the ability of Canadian officials to successfully assist with CASC’s main ask for them to leverage true labour mobility between our two countries for performers. Other performers, such as musicians, have also been speaking to the government on this issue.
Canada has indicated it wants to modernize the list of professions eligible for a NAFTA work visa under Chapter 16, (it’s decades old). The U.S. resistance is wrapped up in their heated debate about immigration. This issue is currently under consideration by our Government, but the Labour Mobility Chapter is one of the most contentious in NAFTA.
Global Affairs Canada, Heritage Canada, Citizenship and Immigration
Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-US)
Critic for Canada-US Relations
Advisors to Minister of Foreign Affairs
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