The Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) requires closer examination and provincial consent prior to ratification. This is not just a trade or economic issue, but also, fundamentally, a constitutional issue.
It also threatens Canada’s sovereignty, giving unprecedented coercive tools to a world power that has a radically different governing system from ours.
The Canada-China FIPA may adversely change Canadian governance at all levels. It has the potential to change the face of Canada in its ownership of natural resources and public services. It has the potential to coerce and interfere with the evolution of our laws.
The public and its elected representatives deserve to have time to understand the extraordinary ramifications of the treaty and openly debate them in the House of Commons, with full and timely disclosure of information.
Twenty-one days, without parliamentary debate or an informative press release, is unacceptable for a treaty of this magnitude. Knowledge is essential, while our elected representatives, and media, have not been given the required time or information to respond to the FIPA treaty.
Shock, secrecy, complexity, and speed of change has paralyzed effective democratic response to the Canada-China investment treaty.
Gabriola Island, B.C.
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