CONTRIBUTION · 19th April 2013
Elivabeth May - Green Party
On September 9th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed an agreement with China, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA). The agreement was kept from the Canadian public and Parliament until September 26th, when it was quietly made public, tabled in the House of Commons. No press release. No technical briefing.
Given his extreme attempt at secrecy, it is possible that the the Prime Minister could have succeeded in quietly passing this dangerous treaty into force without the public knowing had Elizabeth May not been waiting and watching for the treaty to surface.
This treaty would give China the unacceptable power to secretly challenge Canadian laws that infringe on its business interests, and Prime Minister Harper planned to ratify it without any public consultation, meaningful debate, or vote in the House.
Although he could have ratified the Agreement months ago, huge public opposition from Canadians of all political stripes and walks of life has caused many Members of Parliament, including many Conservatives of good conscience, to reconsider the wisdom of turning over this much power to a foreign government. We suspect that it is precisely this massive public outcry that has succeeded in forcing Prime Minister Harper to reconsider ratifying this treaty for the time being.
Thankfully, Members of Parliament will finally have an opportunity to vote on this secretive and dangerous Agreement, and we need your help to make sure that all MPs stand with the majority of Canadians who do not want this treaty ratified.
On Monday, there will be a vote on an NDP motion to demand that Canada not ratify the Canada-China FIPA. We strongly support this motion and believe that it represents the will of Canadians.
Currently, both the Conservatives and Liberals have promised to vote against the NDP motion. However, the Liberals have proposed a compromise motion, which we also support and which we believe could represent a starting point for real dialogue and consultation on the Canada-China FIPA across party lines.
Please take a few minutes of your time to call or write to your your NDP and Liberal Members of Parliament ask them to reach a compromise to prevent the ratification of the Canada-China FIPA without ANY public consultation.
Most importantly, please call or write to your Conservative Members of Parliament and ask that they stand up for Canada and vote to prevent Prime Minister Harper from ratifying this Agreement behind our backs. We only have a few days left.
Who the hell are you,
Comment by blocky bear on 20th April 2013
I have been to China, do you think people should believe that crap? d.b.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th April 2013
A Federal Investment Protection Agreement limits Canada's ability to regulate and issue; environmental, social, health that would interfere with the profitability of the foreign investor. It essentially takes away the power of the Canadian government to protect Canadians interest. Compensation for any such action is not determined in a Canadian Court under Canadian rules and laws.
It is a sell-out and makes our governments impotent and multi- national corporations powerful enough to determine our national policies. And that folks is the hidden agenda. One more step along global free trade so the multi-nationals get more control over our lives.
Free Trade Paradigm is not a China Issue
Comment by sanchoupanda on 19th April 2013
The current hysteria over so-called free-trade with China is a covert way of pumping up sinophobia. Note that Canada will also shortly finalize its corporatist position in the Eurozone, and US-inspired TPP (which deliberately excludes China).
Instead of heaping derision on China, opinion-leaders would do their publics a service by concentrating on the nefarious impacts of corporate domination over so-called "free" states' policies.
Much of what passes for opposition to China's robust development on the world stage is encouraged by people who advocate uncritically on behalf of a Tibetan diaspora which sows violent political turmoil on behalf of a Buddhist sect erroneously claiming pacifism. This is a now-familiar tactic which the US State Department and its surrogate proxy NGOs have employed throughout the world to control through chaos.
To regard Chinese trade initiatives in the way they are currently being characterized is not only naive and over-simplified, but it plays into the very hands which behind-the-scene manipulate geopolitical control over national (and international) policies.
Let's deal with the significant problems created by so-called "free trade" instead of pigeon-holing it into a crude racial impulse.
Canadian child poverty
Comment by Terry on 19th April 2013
,,, David . How about asking harper to use some of our tax money to make sure that the children of Canada that live in poverty go to bed warm and safe with food in their stomachs tonight . That's what I want the most from any of our pathetic levels of government . Until all of them fulfill this social contract they deserve nothing but disdain .
No agreement without conditions
Comment by david dickinson on 19th April 2013
Any trade agreement with China needs to contain conditions that China will improve its human rights and environmental record and allow observers into the country to confirm concrete steps are being implemented. In particular, if China wants to deal with Canada, it must (1) recognize its human rights abuses against ethnic Tibetans, (2) agree to allow Tibetan self-government and self-determination, and (3) allow independent environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, to inspect and report on industrial development in China.
You hit the nail right on the head....
Comment by Larry on 19th April 2013
I could not agree more with your comment. There is no way the conservatives can get re elected to form a govt again. No sure though, if I am ready to vote liberal again.
Canada hater harper
Comment by Terry on 19th April 2013
No wonder he is so scared of Justin Trudeau . Justin loves his country and we all know it .