FIPA is Not Ratified
Here is what Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, had to say in a statement she released at midnight on November 2nd:
Prime Minister Harper, the countdown is over: you can legally, as of now, ratify the Canada-China Investment Treaty. This is what you wanted from the beginning: enforce the biggest trade deal since NAFTA without any debate in our nation’s Parliament.
You can legally do it. Politically, it’s another story. The Green Party of Canada and its partners gave Canadians a chance to speak out. And they did. Our online petition against the deal was signed by 32,000 citizens. Leadnow.ca and Someofus.org had more than 62,000 signatures on their petition. My office received more than 75,000 emails against the treaty. Five thousand Canadians used our website to send their MP letters to alert them of the danger posed by this deal with the Communist government in Beijing.
A lot of comments from citizens begin by ‘I don’t normally pay too much attention to politics, but the things that are happening now must be questioned by every Canadian.’ Prime Minister Harper, I think it is clear people say ‘No’ to your way of doing politics.
We need to debate this issue in Parliament. We need to include provinces, territories and First Nations. Prime Minister Harper, do not ratify this treaty.
November 2nd has come and gone and the controversial (and that’s an understatement) FIPA free-trade agreement with China is still not ratified. As representative May mentioned, a variety of groups, both political and environmental, worked tirelessly to inform the Canadian public about the incredibly flawed trade agreement and encouraged them to have their say. Hopefully, the message got to Parliament.
But, the fight isn’t over. This was only a delay. FIPA could be ratified in the near future. That is why it is important to keep contacting your local representatives and letting them know what you think.