I have a few questions for MP John Weston regarding the Canada-China Foreign Investment and Protection Agreement (FIPA). I hope he reads local papers.
The government of Canada has tabled FIPA without even a press release. This deal will give Chinese investors more rights and protections than Canadians will ever have in China.
The deal will not have parliamentary debate or provincial consent. It will have no public scrutiny. It gives away our sovereignty and democracy.
In 2011 Transparency International said, "When revenues from the extractive sector are not managed with transparency and accountability, mineral and petroleum wealth can fuel large scale corruption, as well as poverty, injustice and conflict."
They rated China National Offshore Oil Corporation 3.9 out of 10, the Bank of China 1.1 out of 10 on their ability to prevent corruption and their openness.
The questions are: Why do you and your government represent the Communist Party of China instead of the people of Canada?
Why should Canadians sacrifice our sovereignty and democracy in the interests of corrupt foreign corporations and a Communist government?
Do you think the 39 per cent of the people who voted Conservative knew they were supporting a Communist government?
Realizing that your public pension is already secured, why don't you stand up for the interests of your constituents, your province and your country, as you are sworn to do?
You could leave the pressing National Bike Day issue for a later time. We need you to stand up for the people you represent and to inform them of the actions of the government that will obviously affect them and future generations.
Alan Hudson, Sechelt
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