As a follow-up to yesterday’s post his is the info from the letter writing page at the David Suzuki Foundation:
“Canada is less than a week away from signing a 31-year trade deal that will give Chinese companies new powers over Canadian economic and environmental policy, as well as our right to speak out about them.
We should not forfeit our democratic principles in pursuit of trade expansion.
Tell Prime Minister Harper you oppose plans to sign the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement without debate in the House of Commons, examination by a legislative committee or provincial governments.
Due to take effect on November 1, the agreement would allow China to sue Canada, outside of Canada and behind closed doors, if its investment interests were hindered – leaving little room for democratic oversight. For example, if the B.C. government were to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, Canadians could be on the hook for millions, or billions in damages, and you might not be able to find out why.
It also requires Canada to give Chinese companies “the right to full protection and security from public opposition.” Should we put trade agreements before the protection of air, water, soil and biodiverse ecosystems that sustain us all?
That the deal is being concluded with no public input, provincial consultation or parliamentary debate makes it part of a disturbing trend to ignore democratic processes and rush policy and legislative changes that could significantly affect the protection of our natural environment, as we have seen with the government’s two recent omnibus budget bills.
Make sure Prime Minister Harper hears your message today.
For more articles on the Canada – China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement:
Stephen Harper – Prime Minister of Canada <email@example.com>
Edward Fast – Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the letter that I signed on their letter writing page:
I am deeply concerned about the lack of democratic process to examine the Canada – China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. This 31- year agreement has not passed the test of our parliamentary committees, and has not been debated in the House of Commons or between the federal government and provincial leaders. The terms of this agreement are not in Canada’s national interest, and require serious consideration before they are approved. Previously, the federal government has discussed trade agreements of this scope with provinces and within parliament. The departure from Canadian political tradition makes the lack of a debate or vote especially disturbing. I urge you to take action and make sure that Canada does not enter this agreement without further close examination of the long-term ramifications for our environment and legal liabilities.“
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