Canada-China investment treaty to come into force Oct. 1
CBC News, 12 September 2014
Delayed China trade deal reflects Tory dissent, NDP says
CBC News, 22 April 2013
. . . treaty making is a royal prerogative and as such can become law through a cabinet order-in-council . . .
Canada-China investment deal allows for confidential lawsuits against Canada
by Gus Van Harten, www.thestar.com, 29 September 2012
. . . It allows Chinese companies to sue Canada outside of Canadian courts. . .
. . . If FIPA passes, China’s companies can take over Canadian resources and then sue Canadian governments in secret, if the government does anything that threatens the company’s profits.
The secretive tribunals operate outside Canada’s legal system – and they already have a track record of systematically ruling against the interests of Canadians. Under this system, Canada has already been sued more than any industrialized country in the world. . . .
I don’t think most of us realize what is happening. This is not the supposedly democratic system we’ve been sold since childhood by the education system and media. These trade agreements have already been superseding Canada’s laws and Canada’s courts, and undermining decisions made by local, provincial and federal governments who are supposed to represent the people and our interests.
Below is an incredible interview that explains the main problem with trade deals (starting with GATT) –the power of the secret arbitration tribunals and how they work very effectively to undermine sovereignty and independence: