Join me. Sign our letter. Get your friends and family to sign our letter

Another Call to Action from Forest Ethics…our last opportunity to voice our opinion:

Dear Eldy,

Bravo my fellow Canadians! Your messages to Harper’s International Trade Committee MPs hit a nerve. Together with the Nexen uproar, Harper’s grand plan to put our natural resources and democratic laws on the Chinese corporate auction block is starting to crack. Wide open.

Despite his majority, Harper is vulnerable. And the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA)—let’s just call it Harper’s Sell-out Treaty—is likely to face resistance within Conservative party ranks. Just like the Nexen deal.1

We have less than one week to do whatever we can to expose and challenge FIPA. You’ve already spoken up to Parliament. Now, please sign our Open Letter to Harper. Let him know that our right, as Canadians, to make decisions that protect our natural resources and environment will not be held hostage to Chinese corporate profits.

I am demanding that this treaty be openly debated in public forums and in the House of Commons—and so should you. Harper’s attempts to quietly cede our sovereignty and constitutional rights to foreign corporate interests must be stopped.

Here’s my challenge to you:
Help me get 30,000 signatures on our Open Letter to Harper in the next 72 hours.I promise to send that letter and your signatures to Harper on or before November 1st—the date he plans to sign this Treaty into law.

Sound impossible? Maybe it is. But the Canada I know and love is a Canada worth fighting for.

Join me. Sign our letter. Get your friends and family to sign our letter. Don’t let Harper betray all that Canada stands for: democracy, openness and a right to determine our own prosperous future.

Thank you!

Clayton Ruby, C.M.

Board Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy
B.A., LL.B, LL.M., LL.D. (honoris causa)

1) Analysis: Canada ruling Conservatives split over CNOOC’s bid for Nexen

This is the letter:

An Open Letter to Harper: STOP FIPA

We’re getting through to Conservative MPs who could help us secure debate on the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA). Now we’re taking our request to the top—to Prime Minister Harper.

Stand with me, fellow Canadians, and sign my Open Letter to Harper. Together, we demand that he preserve Canadian rights and sovereignty and protect Canada’s prosperity.

This treaty must not be enacted without proper public debate and discourse. Help me gather 30,000 signatures on this letter, which I will deliver to Harper on or before November 1st—the day the treaty will become law if we don’t speak up now.

OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER HARPER

November 1, 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

It is my privilege to deliver to you this letter signed by tens of thousands of Canadian citizens. All of them are deeply concerned about the direction in which this country is headed under your leadership. It is not just the proposed sale of Nexen to CNOOC that is hugely problematic but even more so, the passage of the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA).

The signatories to this letter find FIPA unacceptable on a number of fronts:

1. It undermines Canada’s democracy and sovereignty and takes away our right to make decisions or enact laws that protect our natural resources and environment.
2. It allows Chinese corporate interests (both private and state-owned) to sue us behind closed doors for limiting their right to profit from investments they have made in our natural resources.
3. It exposes Canadian taxpayers to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages—made payable to Chinese investors–without their knowledge.
4. It has been tabled quietly in the House of Commons without so much as a press release. There has been no parliamentary debate or vote and no public scrutiny.

With the foregoing in mind, I demand that you suspend passage of this Act immediately and allow Canada’s citizens and their elected representatives to review and debate this pact in full.

I await your response,

Clayton Ruby, C.M.
Board Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy
B.A., LL.B, LL.M., LL.D. (honoris causa)

Today`s `stone`is  Day 304  last chance to sign today

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3 thoughts

  1. I wish I could help — Romney/Ryan still have a good chance to win in my country, and they, especially Ryan, are anti-environment, pro-fossil fuels brainless fools. I was hoping I could flee to Canada, but this China thing has me worried. Good luck to both of our countries.

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