Justin Trudeau and the Liberals abandoned us during our greatest hour of need. And if there’s a greater act of betrayal, please let me know.
On Monday, Trudeau and the Liberals voted with the Harper Conservatives to kill an NDP motion to stop the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) from becoming law.
The New Democrats and Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked the House of Commons to defend Canada; they voted in favor of the motion:
That, in the opinion of this House, the government should inform the Government of the People’s Republic of China, that it will not ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.
FIPA, negotiated in secret, is a sell-out pact. It’s a pact that could conquer Canada the way colonial powers conquered and plundered Africa and other parts of the world.
Accoding to the progressive thinktank Council of Canadians, FIPA “will give China-based corporations 31 years of “protection” against environmental policies and other government decisions that put people before profits. The FIPA with China will lead to more corporate lawsuits like the ones against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking, where a US energy firm wants $250 million in “compensation” for the community’s right to say no to dangerous natural gas drilling.”
But then again, should we be surprised? Trudeau supports the discredited Keystone XL pipeline. He’s already embraced Harper’s CNOOC-Nexen deal, which pushes Canada closer to becoming a petro-state and “can pose a threat to national security” to Canada. He unreservedly supports the Canadian senate, our scandal-ridden ”useless, expensive, undemocratic appendage of government” and ”chamber of disrepute“.
— Bianca Caramento (@BCaramento) April 22, 2013
When you add Trudeau’s China FIPA position to his pro-XL, pro-CNOOC and pro-Senate positions it adds up to NOT A PROGRESSIVE. #cdnpoIi
— Socially Democratic (@Social_Dem) April 22, 2013
— Ellen Chambers (@twinklingcandle) April 23, 2013
— Craig Sauvé (@Suaveman) April 22, 2013
— Peter Julian (@MPJulian) April 22, 2013
— Chris Sanislo (@chrissanislo) April 23, 2013
Justin Harper & Steve Trudeau @campaigncanada: Cons & Libs vote down NDP motion to oppose FIPA.I hope people don’t forget this.I won’t.
— Billy Nobels (@0lddutch) April 23, 2013
Finally, the statement by Don Davies, the NDP’s International Trade critic and sponsor of the motion:
“Poorly negotiated by the Conservative government, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA) is not in the best interest of Canadians and does not meet our needs. This agreement will bind us to China for 31 years.
It was particularly disappointing to see the Liberals joining hands with the Conservatives to defeat the NDP motion which would prevent the ratification of the Canada-China FIPPA.
Negotiated in secret, FIPPA was adopted quickly in Parliament, without any debate, study in committee or Members’ vote. The government pushed ahead despite concerns expressed by New Democrats, experts and Canadians.
The NDP wants to increase trade agreements and investments with China and other emerging economies, but it wants to negotiate fair agreements, which allow us to maintain control of our natural resources.
By delaying the ratification of the agreement for the last 5 months, Conservatives are confusing investors and hurting the economy, while making it obvious that even they realize they have negotiated a bad deal. Today they have missed an opportunity to admit their mistake, and formally abandon a deal that is not in Canada’s best interests.”