From Gordon Wilson… yes THAT Gordon Wilson, who is as concerned as the rest of us at what has transpired in Canada… under the most dubious of circumstances:
“This is shocking! According to this document “An Initial EA of the Canada-China FIPA was completed in January 2008. The Government of Canada opened the Initial EA for public comments from February 20 to March 21, 2008. No public comments were received.” Where was this deal explained to Canadians? How was the invitation to review and comment made? Where were our opposition Members of Parliament?”
Indeed, where were they? Sleeping? Texting? In the bathroom? All of the above? Take a look at this document for the scary reality of what your government can and will do, without checking with you first… http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/china-chine/finalEA-china-chine-EEfinale.aspx?lang=eng&view=d
As a province with significant foreign investment occurring, including investments and initiatives from a large percentage of Chinese owned and Chinese state connected corporations, I am greatly concerned about the lack of action from our provincial government and our official opposition. And yes, this has implications for Enbridge as well, so where is the discourse, the outcry from the parties here in BC?
Where is our provincial government on this? AWOL.
Where is our official opposition on this? AWOL, with the exception of a few candidates who are proactive on their own.
And where are you on this? Get loud, get assertive now.
Our federal government managed to get this agreement this far with little to zero public input. How did that happen? Do we live in a democracy or what?
The people of Canada – and in particular, the people of BC, because we have had a government who has banked on so much Chinese owned investment- need representation independent of any political party with any influence or vested interest.
We need a constitutential lawyer of our own to file an injunction on behalf of the people of BC…. not because we have an election coming and need votes, not for political posturing, but because this agreement has long-lasting and far-reaching implications that require independent representation for the people.
Anything less is a handover of our sovereignty on many levels.
The questions now are, is there a lawyer out there willing to take this one, and what will you do to make sure Canadian interests are placed above any other?