Trade deal ‘further retreat … from democracy’

Dear editor,

The Canada-China Foreign Investment Agreement changes Canada's long-standing policy of ensuring public disclosure.

Dear editor,

The Canada-China Foreign Investment Agreement (FIPA) deal changes Canada’s long-standing policy of ensuring public disclosure and transparency in arbitrations and could have negative effects on the ability of Canadian governments to set policies in the public (i.e. the people of Canada) interest and exposes Canadian taxpayers to expensive litigation and damages.

It also fails to achieve full reciprocity for Canadian investors.

Despite repeated calls for a public debate and study of this agreement, the Conservative government has refused to expose this deal to any public scrutiny. This is not a deal that will benefit Canada (and the Canadian people); this is a deal agreed to by a few for the benefit of a few.

All of a sudden, I feel as though I’ve been transported to one of the corrupt sham government countries of this world … yet frighteningly, this is the country that once was a great democracy.

Treaty terms of 31 years? Really?

You are not a government of Canada — you are a government intent on a huge sellout and I can only ask why.

This is not good for business. This is not good for the people of Canada. This is a strike against public debate and a further retreat by this government from democracy.

There should be a full study on this deal by the Standing Committee on International Trade (at the very least).

The government must postpone ratification of this agreement until Canadians have heard from a broad cross-section of witnesses.

Selling out Canada and making our country and my home province vulnerable to lawsuits for China’s business interests is wrong. Just plain wrong.

Do the right thing. Now!

Catherine Hill,

Denman Island

Just Posted

People’s Party of Canada plan to have a candidate in the North Island-Powell River riding

Elections Canada formally recognized the North Island—Powell River PPC Association

North Island College showcases web programming and design talent

North Island College’s Interactive Media Grad Show will feature the best work… Continue reading

Union Bay elects two new trustees

Paul Healey and Hein Vandenberg will join the Union Bay Improvement District board

Painted pinkies mark World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week runs April 24-30

Looking for crafters for the Gnarly Little Spring Craft Fair in Courtenay

Calling all youth crafters and entrepreneurs! The Gnarly Little Spring Craft Fair… Continue reading

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

New look, same people at rebranded Comox bike store

New name, new logo, same people. That’s the idea behind Comox Bike… Continue reading

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Photographer rescued in Courtenay Estuary

Responders use kayak to save man, equipment

Most Read