VAN HARTEN: Canada’s commitments to China were written in the legal equivalent of cement while China’s promises to Canada were written in sand
VAN HARTEN: Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement uses the lopsided process of investor-state arbitration to decide disputes that affect third parties and the public
VAN HARTEN: Harper’s “free trade” legacy one of special privileges for foreign-owned companies
FIPA is an icon of the Harper government’s debasement of both Canadian and international values
The cold reality of international trade is dictating how Canadians treat people in the poorer parts of the world, and each other.
The answer lies in the risks that investor-state arbitration poses for governments.
We know that two members of this exclusive club are well-known Canadians: Yves Fortier and Marc Lalonde.
FIPPA will allow a foreign power unprecedented influence over Canadian sovereignty.