HEY HARPER! A petition to Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada
On August 22nd, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper once again rejected the call for a public inquiry into the 1181 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women across Canada since 1980. Aboriginal women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, but account…
HEY, CANADIAN TUMBLR
YOU ALL NEED TO FUCKING SIGN THIS.
HELL, THOSE OF YOU YOU AREN’T CANADIAN, FUCKING DO IT ANYWAY.
FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT INFORMED, HARPER LITERALLY JUST SOLD CANADA TO CHINA.
THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO OVERTURN FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL LAWS THAT WOULD STOP THEM FROM DOING SHIT LIKE FRACKING, EVEN IF IT’S ON NATIVE LAND.
SERIOUSLY YOU NEED TO SIGN THIS.
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The NDP issued a statement saying “the agreement will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.
"In effect, it will give China access to, and control over, some of Canada’s natural resources for the next 31 years."
NDP trade critic Don Davies put forward a motion in the House of Commons in April 22, 2013, calling on the government not to ratify the agreement. The motion was defeated.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in a statement on Wednesday said the FIPA with China was a “sell out.”
Deputy Green Party Leader Bruce Hyer added cabinet is, “signing of this deal behind closed doors, instead of giving Parliament a say, is not just undemocratic in itself … it is also a profound attack of Canada’s sovereignty as a nation, and an erosion of the rights of all Canadians to make democratic decisions about our economy, environment, and energy.”
Okay, this only has 440 notes, whereas it should be having fucking street demonstrations. Sign it.
There should be riots in the bloody streets. Seriously. Canadian tumblr, where are you?
This trade deal of Harper’s, FIPA, gives foreign corporations the right to sue Canadian governments for legislating in the public interest and protecting our environment. For the next 31 years.
So, basically, foreign companies can rape and pillage our natural resources as they please, and we can’t even pass any environmental protection laws to stop them.
What a bunch of overblown nonsense. With slightly racist understones too!
First, CNOOC operates just like any other corporation. Just because it is assigned to extract resources from somewhere in Canada doesn’t mean it “owns” them, it merely has the right to extract them and then make a profit on the sale. And newsflash: just like every other corporation, it pays royalties on that right into the pockets of Canadian provincial governments. If you’re worried about “China controlling Canadian resources” then you should be just as concerned about the Netherlands controlling our oil because Shell operates under the same rules — rules, I’ll note, that a FIPA merely normalizes.
Second, let’s address the second part about environmental concerns and labour rights (because those evil Chinese will do bad things to our Good White Workers, right??): As noted in the Environmental Assessment done by the government:
- "As new flows of investment from China into Canada (or Canada into China) cannot be directly attributed to the presence of a FIPA, there can be no causal relationship found between the implementation of such a treaty and environmental impacts in Canada. It is for this reason that the claim made in the Initial EA, that no significant environmental impacts are expected based on the introduction of a Canada-China FIPA, is upheld. Regardless, as in all Canadian FIPAs, the Canada-China FIPA ensures that the Parties retain the ability to regulate in the public interest, including with respect to environmental issues.”
- "Mirroring Canada’s model, the Canada-China FIPA includes general exceptions with respect to the protection of human, animal or plant life or health, as well as the conservation of exhaustible natural resources. These safeguards, found in Article 33(2), are based on those contained in GATT Article XX and GATS Article XIV. As per the FIPA model, Article 18 of the Agreement contains a clause whereby the signatories recognize that it is inappropriate to encourage investment by relaxing domestic health, safety of environmental measures.”
tldr; all this does is encourage investment by setting out rules that normalize things for Chinese companies, and vice-versa for Canada. Yes, there is the possibility a Chinese company might sue, but the same can be said for Canadian companies operating in China — or a Canadian company operating in Canada. They don’t get special protections.
Good to see Mulcair and May are reporting the facts though!
You seem awfully confident that corporations wouldn’t sue. I see no reason why they wouldn’t, given that its within their rights and would ensure that their profits are not interrupted. The people that run corporations are greedy.
And that doesn’t excuse the fact that we are locked into a 31 year deal. Why would we need that?
Here are some more counter points that challenge those clauses you mentioned.
- The Agreement gives China Inc. “enclave legal status.” Once allowed inside the country, Chinese companies have more power than Canadian companies. They can take any dispute with governments or courts outside the Canadian legal system to an arbitration process under its Article 4 and 22. These arbitrations, unlike those in NAFTA, are conducted in secret, have no limits on damages awarded and are adjudicated by three arbitrators/lawyers — one appointed by the Canadian authority being sued, one by China Inc., and a third from the World Bank approved by both. In other words, Chinese companies are allowed the privilege of having their disputes with Canadian authorities settled in secret by three individuals, two from outside Canada.
- Ottawa’s inept negotiators gave up a requirement for transparency as part of this arbitration dispute- settlement mechanism. The agreement allows the Canadian federal government to withhold documents if it wishes to. This is contrary to all other international treaties involving such dispute mechanisms.
- The agreement opens wide a “Trojan Horse” loophole. Chinese investors or companies already in Canada can contest all government or court decisions and can also bypass Investment Canada. Once in, they can buy anything they wish without foreign investment review. This means Chinese entities already here will be able to act as proxies for those not yet approved to come in, which means an open-ended access to control over anything and everything without scrutiny. All Chinese companies have one beneficial owner: Beijing’s military dictatorship.
- The agreement allows China Inc. to contest and bypass or be compensated regarding compliance with Canadian standards, requirements to use Canadian labour or materials or suppliers. China Inc. can challenge or be compensated if they disagree with the scale and timing of resource projects.
- The agreement appears to be unconstitutional because its Article 4 allows China to bypass and contest provincial, territorial, First Nations, municipal or successive federal government decisions on resource and commercial management. The provincial governments must collectively challenge this treaty before the Supreme Court.An example would be that if the National Energy Board approves the Northern Gateway Pipeline through B.C., but B.C. restricts or rejects the deal, Sinopec (big China Inc. appendage) can sue under this treaty. The matter would then be resolved behind closed doors in arbitration by two lawyers from outside Canada.
- Canada has done what no other country has and agreed to lock itself in for 31 years. NAFTA has a six-month exit clause.
- The most egregious aspect of this agreement is that it’s based on the wrong template of deals signed with the U.S. and other countries that provide Canadians with reciprocal rule of law, market access and transparency. China provides none of the reciprocal privileges and can remain as protectionist, corrupt and discriminatory as it now is. This un-level playing field is enshrined in Articles 22, 4 and Annex D34 of the agreement, according to international treaty expert Gus Van Harten with Osgoode Hall.
This. Literally the first thing you learn when you begin to handle a gun is to only point the gun at something you are willing to shoot.
tbh the number of people killed by police in the US seems so fuckin unreal and horrifying to me because here in Germany a total of 11 people have been killed by police officers since 1967
1967 - 1 shot
1999 - 1 shot
2005 - 1 died in a fire in the holding cell he was in
2008 - 1 shot
2010 - 2 shot
2011 - 2 shot
2012 - 3 shot
LITERALLY YOU GUYS
The government wouldn’t spend a dime on education, healthy food, drinkable water, assisting people in poverty, de-polluting the streets, or anything else of importance. But they would be on call to spend millions on equipping a small police force to fight off a group of defenseless protestors. You can argue with me that this is not a hate crime, when it so obviously is, but you can’t argue with me when I say that this government is too corrupt to even serve it’s purpose.
This country is such a fucking joke. Did you know that if we were to divide the income in this country fairly it would be about 300,000 per person. That’s annually. You could give each person in this country 100,000 and still have enough to invest in infrastructure and research. Instead we have people who don’t have water, don’t have their basic human rights fulfilled, because they don’t have enough to pay a bill.Capitalism is inhumane.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world — higher than China, Iran, and Russia(!). That wasn’t always the case, But when we began sending people to jail for nonviolent drug offenses, the prison population skyrocketed.
Share now if you think the “land of the free” shouldn’t look like this.
(Original by Wikipedia editor Pwrm. Based on Justice Policy Institute and Department of Justice statistics.)
"America, in my opinion, is the prison house of nations."
Seriously guys, please spread the word about this petition.
SIGN THIS because:
• cops think that Mike Brown’s life was worth less than the $3 candy bar he supposedly stole
• one white person can cry about a cop killing their dog and get a law passed requiring officers to undergo additional training to handle dogs
• but every 28 hours a black person is killed by police
• and yet at least one million dissenting voices will be required to be heard by the US government
Interesting and amusing watch!
talking about class warfare!
he Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday evening voted to sue President Obama over Obamacare.
This is historic.
In a 225-201 vote along party lines, our leaders in Washington decided that House lawyers will draft legal documents to launch a lawsuit against the president for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers.
this is pettiest country
Holy shit, Anthony Weiner actually said something important.
It’s a miracle!
That’s been the Republican strategy since day one of Obama’s presidency. Block the President at every turn, then blame him for not getting anything done. In fact, here’s Newt Gingrich openly admitting to it.
That’s why Republicans block jobs bills — so they can blame Obama for the economy still sucking. They’ve blocked budgets, resulting in a government shutdown that they then tried to blame on Obama. They’ve tried over and over again to block Obamacare, and complain that it’s a failure as they work their asses off to try to make it fail.
It’s kindergarten politics, and we need to vote these schmucks out in November. A bunch of white guys throwing temper tantrums and shouting NO! to everything just because they don’t like the president is no way to run a government, especially if we’re going to continue to pretend to be one of the greatest nations on earth.