I have never been a fan of Stephen Harper. But recently his increasing focus on end-running democracy and selling out Canadian resources to the communist Chinese government without debate or due process, have truly taken a turn for the sinister. On October 31, Prime Minister Harper is planning an automatic approval of the China Canada Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) into law without public or parliamentary debate or vote.
If FIPA becomes law, a Chinese company can take over Canadian resources and then sue Canadian governments – provincial or federal – before a secret tribunal rather than open court, if the government does anything that threatens the company’s profits.
Here is Clayton Ruby, see: Urgent action: stop Harper’s bad for Canada Trade Treaty.
“This trade deal is the most significant foreign investment pact since NAFTA and the Harper government quietly released it with a mere twenty-one days notice before enactment. It would give Chinese companies invested in Canada the right to sue us for making decisions that impact their profits – be they for labour, health, banking, human rights or environmental protection.
For example, if British Columbia says “no” to the Northern Gateway pipeline, then Chinese investors in Enbridge can sue Canada for limiting their profits—an amount that might well total hundreds of millions of dollars. Pulled out of our taxpayer pockets and without our knowledge.
How is that possible? Because any Chinese lawsuit filed won’t be brought before a Canadian court of law. Not under this treaty. Instead, a three person arbitration panel decides the outcome. Behind closed doors. Without any recourse to Canadian judicial review or appeal.”
There is still time to voice your vote for open debate and discussion before this alarming policy is enacted upon Canada, by signing an open letter petition here. But time is of the essence.