Time for action on China trade agreement

I am embarrassed to say that I have been ignorant about the looming China-Canada investment treaty.

I am embarrassed to say that I have been ignorant about the looming China-Canada investment treaty.

Why has such a critical impending issue been kept secret up to just recently? This deal is about to be signed without any public consultation, any Parliamentary debate or even a single vote in the House of Commons. How can we sit back and accept such blatant disrespect for either the will of Canadians or for our democratic institutions?

I was not aware of the actual content and the serious implications of this trade agreement. The big secretive rush to pass this through should raise a red flag to all Canadians.

If you should care, please take immediate action and alert your friends to do the same. The ratification process isn’t complete until Nov. 2.

Due to limited time, may I suggest the following website to help sum things up quickly. It is also excellently set up for you to take some quick action if you haven’t already done so: www.greenparty.ca/stop-the-sellout.

Understand that our B.C. government (as well as any other provincial government), holds the power to halt the legalization of this China-Canada investment treaty by filing an injunction. Such a halt would provide the time to examine, discuss and debate this trade deal before signing it. Because of existing, strong B.C. citizen support versus this treaty, and related environmental issues such as the pipelines and oil tankers, Christy Clark may be the most likely premier to do so.

Support by e-mailing her offices at premier@gov.bc.ca or fax 250-387-0087.

 

 

Marie-Paule

Lacasse