The Harper government giving in to European drug patent demands during free trade negotiations could raise drug prices in Canada by as much as $1 billion.
Should Canada retain control of its economy and natural resources, or sellout to foreign investment? One is a strategy to an economic superpower; the other a fast track to a resources supermarket.
Gus Van Harten
Commentators like Andrew Coyne are far too quick to dismiss the need for careful study. This treaty could lead to billion-dollar awards against Canada and is too important to be reduced to spin.
We still have time to stop the FIPA, which was not ratified on November 2 as many had suspected. Write to MPs asking them to tear up the FIPA with China.
FIPPA, the China-Canada investment agreement, has sent alarm bells ringing far and wide. It's worth examining what trade deals benefit Canada and which rob it blind. Fair trade must be ethical trade.
Activists take their message to the office of B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (Photo: Kristen Mathias)
This new investment pact will give Chinese firms in Canada and Canadian firms in China 31 years of "protection" -- from environmental, human rights or resource conservation measures they don't like.
Opposition continues to build against the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA), which could become law as early as November 1.
David J. Climenhaga
The irony: a naval officer who sold military secrets has been branded a traitor by a government that would sign away our country's sovereignty in an all-but secret treaty with the Chinese.
You might have seen news that the WTO will soon declare that the local content rules in Ontario's Green Energy Act are an illegal barrier to trade and investment.