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NEWS RELEASE · 27th October 2012
Elizabeth May
The following statement was delivered in the Canadian House of Parliament, (the House of Commons), by the only elected Green Party Member, also the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May.

Mr. Speaker, here is your 60 second briefing on the Canada-China investment treaty, the most significant treaty of its kind since NAFTA.

I requested a technical briefing from the Minister of International Trade on September 27. I got it one hour ago, so I can update folks.

It confirms that Chinese state-owned enterprises would have the right to complain and charge for damages for decisions in Canada by municipal, provincial, territorial or federal governments. It confirms this treaty will apply till 2027 for a minimum, and potentially till 2042, and China can complain of anything it feels is arbitrary.

It will be of greater benefit to Chinese investors in Canada than to Canadian investors in China.

No province has been asked if it approved of this agreement.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister asked that members of this place should acquaint themselves with the treaty. I have. It threatens our security, our sovereignty and our democracy. Yet this 60 seconds will be the only briefing this House gets.
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Comment by robert on 27th October 2012
just sickening that this government can sell Canada out from under us with no repercusions to them whatsoever
Treasonous Legislation
Comment by Moe Naguib on 27th October 2012
This legislation is an act of TREASON against Canada!
Scared
Comment by Moe Naguib on 27th October 2012
This is a very scary thing, what is next will China place military bases in Canada to protect its property in Canada with secret permission of Stephen Harper?