Breaking Down the Harm to Canada Done by Treaty with China
[ https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/09/15/C ... Breakdown/ ]
by Gus Van Harten September 15, 2014
Here is the warning against FIPA an expert gave Harper two years ago.
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14. This treaty will have major implications for core elements of Canadian legislative and judicial sovereignty. It will tie the hands of all levels and branches of government in Canada in relation to any Chinese-owned asset in ways that many governments in Canada, I suspect, have not considered closely. The implications will be legally irreversible by any Canadian court or other decision-maker for at least 31 years.
I urge you please to reconsider your decision to proceed with ratification of this treaty, without provincial consent or a serious public debate, on or about Oct. 31. I request replies to the questions posed in paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11 above.
Gus Van Harten
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School