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FIPA: Ignoring long-term in favour of short-term, again‏

10/26/2012

This is a letter to the editor I wrote to a local newspaper, The Telegram.

Anyone who’s been keeping an eye on what Prime Minister Harper has been up to in Ottawa since receiving his majority may have had this realization: he needs to be monitored closely.

The most recent demonstration of this is his intent to pass FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, without input from Canadian stakeholders, and without a vote or debate in Parliament.

The FIPA will allow giant Chinese corporations to spend billions buying out Canada’s natural resource companies, and will also allow them to sue Canadian governments at all levels should they do anything that limits the companies’ profits. These legal actions would occur in secret tribunals, outside the Canadian juidicial system.

If passed, the FIPA will be binding for 31 years, and will affect individual Canadians in several ways. For instance, Canadian taxpayers would ultimately be responsible for any damages won by Chinese corporations via the secret litigations. Job creation would also be at risk, since the corporations could challenge Canadian laws that promote it, as well as laws that protect our environment.

The FIPA is set to pass automatically on October 31st. This is not the way to avoid recession.

Scott Bartlett
Paradise

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/26/2012 4:31 PM

    Once again, Washingtonian idiocy has crept across the border. And once again, I apologise on behalf of those few Americans who still have IQs bigger than their shoe sizes. Oh, for the days when political stupidity was a purely American trait ….

    • 10/31/2012 8:59 PM

      Typical American exceptionalist attitude! You think you Yanks have a monopoly on stupidity? I’LL SHOW YOU A THING OR TWO

      …QED

      • 10/31/2012 9:06 PM

        Okay, well, maybe we don’t have a monopoly on sutpidity in politics, but ya gotta admit, we have taken it to an obscenely high standard! ;)
        Um … do you recall ever having seen Romney and Harper together? Me neither. Could it be …. that they’re the same ….. oh God, NO!!!!!! :D

        • 10/31/2012 9:10 PM

          Oh wow, how did I miss this? Now that you mention it, it seems almost certain that they are.

        • Andrea permalink
          11/01/2012 9:41 AM

          Hey, I’m no fan of Romney, but he doesn’t look as… robotic as Harper. I’m fairly certain he’s actually human. Misguided, but alive. Harper on the other hand…

        • 11/01/2012 11:55 AM

          And yet, Andrea, I’m sitting here with a picture of Mittsie standing next to Dorothy with the musical line of “If I only had a heart” running through my mind….. ;)

        • 11/02/2012 8:34 PM

          He does make a strong argument, Andrea!

        • 11/02/2012 8:46 PM

          Now, Scott, I never argue. I just kind of “smart-ass” all over the place. Messier, but more pleasant. Most of the time, anyway…. ;)

        • 11/02/2012 8:50 PM

          Did I say argument? I meant to say smart-assgument!

          (Speaking as somewhat of a purveyor of the art myself.)

  2. Andrea permalink
    10/29/2012 11:08 PM

    It’s issues like this that make me feel as though Harper is selling my rights and freedoms to the highest bidder. No, wait… that’s exactly what he’s doing.

    Can someone please explain to me why this doesn’t need to be voted on? When did our democracy give way to this?

    • 10/31/2012 9:00 PM

      I think it’s been a gradual process, which was sped up considerably by the Conservatives getting their majority.

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