NAFTA 2.0 & Mexico: Political Context and Implications for the NAFTA Renegotiations

The Conference Board of Canada, May 10, 2018
Recorded Webinar
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Mexico heads to the polls July 1, 2018, when citizens will elect a new president for a six year term, 500 members of Congress and 128 members of the Senate. This timetable has placed heavy pressure on the NAFTA re-negotiation talks, since voters are watching the government closely and may punish it at the polls for any unpopular pandering to the U.S. government. In this webinar, Carleton University Political Science professor Laura Macdonald will provide an overview of the candidates and parties, the issues at stake, and their implications for the NAFTA talks and Canada-Mexico relations.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute recorded webinar, Laura covers the election and the implications of it on the North American economy.

  • Leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (commonly referred to as AMLO) from the new party MORENA now has a significant lead in the Mexican public opinion polls. What would an AMLO victory mean for Canada, the NAFTA talks and for Mexican politics?
  • How are Mexican politics playing out in the NAFTA negotiations?
  • How have Canada-Mexico political and economic relations changed in the course of the NAFTA agreement?
  • How can we build a stronger trade and investment relationship in the light of these political realities (with or without NAFTA)?

About Laura

Laura MacdonaldLaura Macdonald is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. She has published numerous articles in journals and edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations in development, global civil society, citizenship struggles in Latin America, Mexican political economy, Canadian development assistance and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on human rights and democracy in the three member states. Recent edited collections include North American in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (with Jeffrey Ayres, 2012), Contentious Politics in North America (with Jeffrey Ayres, 2009), and The Politics of Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cambridge University Press (with Tina Hilgers, 2017).

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