Writer opposes ‘corporate rights pact’

Dear editor,

I am opposed to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement.

Dear editor,

I am opposed to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA), which is poised to become law on Nov. 1.

How can it be in Canada’s best interests if decisions made to protect our environment or improve our society by our municipal, provincial or federal governments can be challenged and overthrown by corporations that feel their expectation of profits will be limited or reduced?

This treaty will allow Chinese investors to sue Canada in private, unaccountable tribunals outside our court system. All lawsuits will be secret.

Canada has always before insisted on complete openness in investor–state arbitration.

I oppose this and other unfair and excessive corporate rights pacts.

Corporations must not be given this kind of control over Canada’s future. And Canadian corporations should not have these rights in China where democracy is already so fragile.

This issue must be debated in the House of Commons.

Kathie Woodley,


Just Posted

Andy Quinn: What the Tour de Rock means to me

Submitted by Andy Quinn Special to The Record Andy Quinn is one… Continue reading

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Stolen kayak tops Comox Valley RCMP report

Comox Valley RCMP report week of Sept. 18-2

Dead motorcyclist was member of Facebook group that raced on Mount Washington road

Some group members record their rides and post times to page

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

A 29 year old man has died following a motorcycle crash on… Continue reading

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Federal use of A.I. in visa applications could breach human rights, report says

Impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions could lead to “life-and-death ramifications”

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

Most Read