Monday, September 15, 2014

We Still Don't Know the Depths of Harper's Perfidy

Canada's Manchurian Candidate?

But we've got 32-years to find out.  That's the toxic lifespan of the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement whereby Harper sold Canada down the river to Beijing in exchange for a bag of silver coins.

According to The Tyee, Harper knuckled under to China's demands for one reason - to keep Chinese money flowing to the Oil Patch.

Gus Van Harten is an associate professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and an expert in investment treaties.

Van Harten said FIPA is practically a one-way deal in favour of China, and Ottawa needs to acknowledge the non-reciprocal aspects of the deal and explain why they would ratify it two years after it was first signed.

"It seems to me the federal government has conceded to China under pressure to give them this treaty," said Van Harten. "My guess is this is the price China has demanded to open its purse strings for investing in the resource sector in Canada."

In a press release today, Ottawa insisted the deal will protect such Canadian investors in China and help build trade relations.

The release claims the deal will give "Canadian investors in China the same types of protections that foreign investors have long had in Canada."

But Van Harten doesn't buy that line.

"One aspect of the treaty is it has an exclusion of all existing discriminatory measures in Canada or China," he said. "China, it's safe to say, has far more existing discriminatory measures than Canada does."

Local government rules or different tax rates will now be locked in under the agreement, giving Chinese officials a tool to punish any Canadian investors it wishes to, he said.

We probably won't have to wait too long before we feel the lash of FIPA.


Anonymous said...

I'm assuming this is all about Northern Gateway and the oil interests as you have pointed out. But I want to ask (somebody) what are the implications if China was at war with Japan? Would that tie Canada's hands.

Hugh said...

So we need China to develop our resources? We can't develop our own resources?

Anonymous said...

What the hell! Just sell Canada off. There is so much of Canada that no one will be able to use it all up so say Asians. And, if you think Asians look after their countries, think again. They do not. Just abuse, abuse, abuse. So does that happen right here in this country? NOT. These obscenely wealthy will be able to purchase a ticket to another planet. How stupid and brain dead is that?

Owen Gray said...

With Harper everything has a price -- and everything is for sale.

Anonymous said...

Whats to know? Chairman Mao traitor Steven treason, sold Canada out to the most hated country around the globe, Communist China.

People in other countries are stupid too. Harper rips into Putin for his annexing of the Crimea and the Ukraine issue. However, absolutely nothing is said regarding, Communist China doing the exact same damned thing to Canada. Harper is every bit as evil as Putin. Except, I think Putin is a far better person than Harper.

Putin at least cares about his people and country. Harper does not. Harper is very much in love with Harper.

Harper gave Communist China permission to sue Canada if, anyone tries to block Communist China's takeover of Canada. Canadians should give Communist China a 1000 reasons, to sue Harper's evil Canada. This country doesn't belong to us anyway? Why in the hell should we care. Stalin did the scorched earth to the Nazis, during WW2.

Perhaps we should ask Putin, to save us from Chairman Harper? Mind you it is said, Harper signed a deal with, the Red Communist China Army

the salamander said...

.. more disastrous Harper 'Legacy' for Canadians to try to remediate or compensate for.. or grimly try to understand what the arrogant misguided idiot was thinking.. Secretive negotiations, obstructive behavior, environmental attack, omnibus bill insults, Cabinet 'confidence'.. There's no honesty accountability or respect.. its all gaming and grooming by The Harper Government.. making it up as they go, covering it up as they go.. fabricators, playing all Canadians for complete fools

Unknown said...

With Harper ratifying FIPA he once again gives the finger to the majority of Canadians.There is not a policy, domestic or international,a legislative bill,a program domestic or foreign, a signed trade deal etc. that he has created that has benefited Canadians. In fact anything that he has brought into existence has either put us in more debt, threatened our rights and freedoms,traded our resources and markets to the profit of other countries and a loss to Canadians.This fiasco does not apply to a few things he has done , it applies to EVERYTHING he has done.FIPA is the latest and maybe most serious fiasco. There is a creepy weirdness to it. He is like a man who fouls his own house then puts it up for sale. He is completely disconnected from Canadians. The damage he has done and continues to do to our country is unprecedented.For those who voted for him, what have you done. For those who did not vote for him we need to leave no stone unturned in getting him out in 2015.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know, just how many trillions Communist China gave Harper, to buy Canada.

The minute China knew Harper had sold Canada to them. China is immediately bringing over thousands of Chinese, to start up the coal mines in Northern BC. No doubt Northern BC will be as polluted as China is. China is absolutely clueless, how not to pollute. You should see the mess they are making, up at the tar sands. Just disgusting.