Fipa

Will B.C. Continue To Thumb Its Nose At Information Commissioner?

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

She ended her letter to the minister with a call to action: "It is vital for open and accountable government that, whatever the form of the entity, if it is carrying on public business, it should be subject to the [Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act]." Two and a half years later, there is still no sign of action from the government.

Harper, Learn to Balance Your Desire For Profit With Our Democratic Rights

Stuart Trew | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Stuart Trew

According to our poll, 54 per cent of Canadians said they oppose giving special protections to EU firms, "similar to the protections American investors in Canada have as part of free trade with the U.S. [that] let them sue Canadian governments if they feel a government policy, including an environmental policy, unfairly affects their investment or profits in Canada."

Concerned About A B.C. ID Card? Have Your Say Before the Deadline Passes

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The ID Card, known as the BC Services Card, has been rolling out since February, and it combines both the drivers license and the provincial health care card, with lots more to come. If you are concerned about the implications for our privacy and our pocketbooks, you should definitely put your opinions to the consultation panel -- but hurry: the deadline for submissions is Nov. 27.

Lose the Double Standard Around Foreign Investment in Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Should the "right" of a foreign corporation to make a profit trump governments' attempts to create local jobs, improve environmental regulations or establish laws that raise royalty rates? Most Canadians would say no. But that's what the Conservative government is pushing poor countries to accept if they want Canadian investment.

First Nation Challenges Trade Deal

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Members of a small British Columbia aboriginal band are in a federal court room in Vancouver this week, as their 300-member community trie...

Why Going Green Could Put Trudeau In Power

Hassan Arif | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Justin Trudeau can present a Liberal party that is stridently progressive on environmental and social policy, and on human rights and multiculturalism, while maintaining a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth.

Conservative Infighting Scuttling China Trade Deal: NDP

CBC | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Business

A delay in the federal government's adoption of a controversial investment treaty with China has energized the Opposition New Democrats, who are oppos...

How We Can Fight the FIPA

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

I received a number of comments on my recent column on the trade deal Prime Minister Harper signed with China; Some commenters asked what they can do....

The Trade Deal That Could Conquer Canada

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

I'm proud of my country and would fight for her again, body willing. I know my brothers and sisters in arms feel the same way. Canada has never been conquered by a foreign power, but if this FIPA trade deal is ratified, it will commit us to sacrifice our precious resources without even having the right to fight.

Stop Canada-China Deal: B.C. First Nation

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. First Nation has asked the Federal Court to stop Canada from ratifying an investment treaty with China until it and other bands hav...

How Harper's Nexen Deal Deceived Canadians

Maude Barlow | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

On December 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the first two complete takeovers of Canadian-owned energy firms by foreign state-owned companies in our country's history. The Prime Minister used sleight of hand to trick Canadians into thinking these were "exceptional" cases, to be repeated only cautiously in the future. He appeared to close the door to ownership of the tar sands by companies controlled by foreign governments. But he didn't close it at all. He left it wide open and signaled to China, Malaysia and other countries that Canada's strategic energy resources were entirely for sale, not just to the highest bidder but to any bidder at all.

Are We Trading Away Our Rights and Environment?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Because countries often have differing political and economic systems, agreements are needed to protect those invested in trade. Canada has signed numerous deals. Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favour the interests of business over citizens.

Canada's Latest Shotgun Commitment to China

Mark Crowley | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

This Thursday a new treaty is due to come into effect between Canada and China without debate or public discussion. It is called an Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China. his agreement will allow both countries to go to binding arbitration at an international tribunal. Under this agreement, "unreasonable" attempts to stop foreign takeovers could be brought to this very arbitration board and either mandated to be allowed or incur huge fines against Canada. Unsurprisingly, a lot of Canadians, especially in the West, don't like the sound of that

China Trade Deal Could Cost Canada: Critics

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government has rejected demands for public hearings on its investment protection agreement with China, leaving the controversial ...