I’m deeply concerned about the FIPA trade agreement between the Chinese and Canadian governments. This trade agreement is set to pass without any debate in parliament.
The agreement gives Chinese companies the right to sue the Canadian government (in secret tribunals outside the Canadian court system) if it passes any laws that affect their profits, laws that could create jobs, protect our environment and build healthy communities.
Canada has already spent hundreds of millions on penalties launched under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Right now Belgium is facing a $3 billion lawsuit from one of China’s companies because of similar foreign investor agreements.
Putting our resources in the hands of foreign investors leaves nothing for our children or our children’s children. This agreement seems very anti-Canadian. We need to be able to manage our resources in way that’s good for Canada as a whole. Help send a message to our government that Canada is not for sale.