Canada-China Investment Treaty

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 in Statements, Videos
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Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, here is your 60 second briefing on the Canada-China investment treaty, the most significant treaty of its kind since NAFTA.

I requested a technical briefing from the Minister of International Trade on September 27. I got it one hour ago, so I can update folks.

It confirms that Chinese state-owned enterprises would have the right to complain and charge for damages for decisions in Canada by municipal, provincial, territorial or federal governments. It confirms this treaty will apply till 2027 for a minimum, and potentially till 2042, and China can complain of anything it feels is arbitrary.

It will be of greater benefit to Chinese investors in Canada than to Canadian investors in China.

No province has been asked if it approved of this agreement.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister asked that members of this place should acquaint themselves with the treaty. I have. It threatens our security, our sovereignty and our democracy. Yet this 60 seconds will be the only briefing this House gets.

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  • NewOld Media

    Is Elizabeth May the only MP in the House of Commons with a brain and the good sense of how to use it?

    • Alon

      It seemed to me Nathan Cullen had a brain when he ran for leader of the NDP. Ditto Linda Duncan of Edmonton.

    • Jer71

      I am starting to think she does !! Where in the hell is Thomas now ? I was almost swayed over by them , i think he is all talk when it benefits him, but not so much for Canada as a whole !!

      • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

        You know I am starting to believe that Nathan Cullen should have gotten in there instead of Thomas as he does seem to be all show and nothing else

        • http://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.evans.988 Jacqueline Evans

          I tend to agree with you Patricia, Mulcair comes across as unsure and scripted, while Nathan comes across as a confident and well spoken fair-minded leader who doesn’t take shit from anyone.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.evans.988 Jacqueline Evans

            Elizabeth, though, she has the spirit and strength of ten. and the wisdom and good sense to guide us to a cleaner, greener world.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fred.flores43 Fred Flores
          • brumman

            well he doesn’t make the news like Elizabeth and he seems just too afraid to upset the people – I am extremely disappointed in his so called leadership so far.

          • Kevin E

            If that weak comment regarding transparency of the Malaysia deal is what you’re referring to as Mulcair speaking out, give me a break. How about talking about the complete and utter hypocrisy of this government’s position on China? How about speaking out about Harper’s cabinet micromanaging civil servants and their duties? How about speaking out about how the government has slashed the budgets of any office that was capable of giving an assessment of these projects? I mean, there’s so much to condemn them with, WHY DOES NO ONE SPEAK ABOUT IT?

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      I think she may be the only one with any guts to tell it as it is. The others are afraid of the almighty political suicide

  • Jordan Bober

    Way to go Elizabeth! As distressed as we are about what is happening to this country, we are so very proud of you.

    • http://twitter.com/StuffNeedsFixin StuffNeedsFixin

      Ditto on Jordan’s comment

    • concerned mom

      Elizabeth! You are a modern day hero, keep strong….we believe in you and what you are saying

    • DJ

      Ditto for sure. Elizabeth, thank you so much for standing up for us, if we ever meet in person I have a most exuberant hug waiting especially for you!

  • David Wright

    If only we could replace the Liberals and New Democrats in the House with Elizabeth May. I too am baffled at the stony silence from these two parties who claim to be relevant opposition to Stephen Harper’s Canadian destruction wrecking ball.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BX2GKX2ISO2OATVKAW6CYXM47U Pee Bee

      The NDP is doing a fine job. If you think they’ve been silent you should check out their actions, it’s the Tories that barely keep the House open for any kind of discussion

      • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

        he probably did it to make the ndp look like they are doing something. Elizabeth May started this not him. I guess some people think that if they get on the band wagon they can make themselves look good

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/BX2GKX2ISO2OATVKAW6CYXM47U Pee Bee

          Sorry to say, I like Elizabeth May but you’re wrong. Don Davies has been working on this file for months. Elizabeth was the one who said, in the above clip from October 27, said that her statement was the only briefing Parliament would get on the issue.

          The problem is Don Davies had already brought up the signing and no-debate issue on October 2, and on October 23 outlined details of the deal and during question period that day, introduced a notice of motion to committee that the deal be openly discussed and voted upon.

          So well done Elizabeth for fighting, but she’s not telling the truth when she’s saying that her 60 seconds from October 27 were all Canadians would hear about the issue. Good social media campaign though, and I hope it makes a difference.

          • brumman

            I think you are wrong! I have a reply from Elizabeth may dated oct 1 thanking me for my response to an earlier email form her on this subject. So yes before October she was already advertising this dire situation. So belatedly the NDP and the Liberals joined the fight.
            I am amazed by the silence from Mulcair and when I do get the rare notification from him it is always in French with an English afterthought at the bottom! This is certainly no way to endear the NDP to Canadians outside Quebec.
            JL did not make his breakthrough by sitting silently in the house or carefully scripting his every media appearance. People want and will respond to a fighter – someone who at least gets their attention.
            I say kick Mulcair out and ask Elizabeth to join the party in his place!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/BX2GKX2ISO2OATVKAW6CYXM47U Pee Bee

            I almost forgot I was on an Elizabeth May board. Did you see my earlier post? I was commenting that Ms. May said, in the October 27 session, that her 60 seconds was all that the Speaker would hear about the subject (referring to bullet points on the FIPA deal). However Don Davies had already brought it up on October 2. This is what I’m referring to.
            I’m sure they were both working on it beforehand and thank goodness, but facts are facts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      well we could have except that no one voted her in. This is where people have to pay attention to what is going on so they can make the informed decision

  • Don Duvall

    I think every member must be asleep in there except you. My God, but we could use about 250 more like you!

  • Allaine Nordin

    We won’t truly know the implications of this treaty until the mining company comes waltzing down the country road pick axe in tow, and demands to dig out our precious earth beneath our feet. Why do we allow this man to have that kind of power over us?

    • catherine sutherland

      Have a look at what canadian mining companies are doing in El Salvadore and Guatamala to name two countries that have similiar treaties with foreign investors and see what FIPPA will do for Canada, or should I say China.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      He gets all the power because most people are gullible and believe what sounds the best to their ears and not what they know. That is what Harper has been playing on and that is what politics is about. As long as most of the people refuse to get involved the more these Harper types will be there. We will never have an honest government until we make them accountable. We need to make changes in how the government is run so they have to listen to the people

  • Orin Manitt

    I am absolutely appalled by the willingness of this government and our prime minister to place Canada and Canadians in a compromising position to any foreign power. Is it not possible to rally the other parties to force a thorough and on-going review of the agreement? Where is Bob Rae? Where is is Thomas Mulcair? Why are they not supporting Elizabeth May in her effort to hold the government to account? It is imperative that Stephen Harper be stopped in his tracks. Time is of the essence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      I wonder what kind of payoff Harper is going to get from China if he gets this through. I can’t believe that anyone who claims they care about their country could go for this crap unless their was so much money in it for them t make it worth their while

  • Pat Montague

    Well done, Elizabeth! Your one-minute briefing may turn the tide. Let’s hope so!

  • Daniel Sali

    Bravo!!! Harper himself had stated last year during the intensification of opposition to the pipeline and tankers on the BC West coast, that “Canada must protect its energy security!” I’m glad you got your 60 second say. I want Harper to answer, “How is selling off the lions share of Alberta’s tar sands oil product, as well as proposed major Canadian oil company sell off’s to China, while keeping nothing for Canadians but dirty money for dirty oil, how is that ‘Protecting Canada’s Energy Security? To me it seems like its only about Ego and big corporate Money and nothing more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zsaireg Zsaire Gable

      Excuse me Daniel but you forgot the BIGGEST dirty. The water that is left after getting the bitumen out of the ground. 18 barrel of water for one barrel oil. And we are left with the water, so polluted after 16 uses that it is toxic to all life. How does this sound like enviromentally friendly let alone economically feasible. Where is all the fresh water for this oil to come from. They are wanting Million if not Billions of barrels a day output.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      Harper has always been about big money and not the people and I have said that from day one. I warned everyone I knew that a vote for Harper was a vote to destroy this country.

      • Mike

        If he keeps his posting next election we as a country are lost!

        • greg

          Even more importantly, this treaty would allow Chinese investors the ability to litigate us if we attempt to fix this debacle in the future. That is to say that when we get the opportunity to change the legislation to protect the environment and those affected by it in the future the companies who lose potential income as a result can sue us!!!

          This is the worst deal for Canada I have seen in ages. By the time we fix it Harper and his buddies will be working as lobbyists and board members for these same companies. This is nothing short of treason in my opinion. These crooks need to start representing Canadian interests as they are legally bound to do or we need to grow some resolve and start locking them up for betraying their country.

          Disgusting.

          • brumman

            well said Greg!

          • JIMINUUL

            I AGREE WITH YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY

  • Malcolm Querney

    Thank you Elizabeth for standing up and speaking out on this horrendous trade agreement. One has to wonder how any members of our Parliament could sit there and silently accept this agreement knowing it potentially leaves Canada very vulnerable to foreign interests.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      I agree as we don’t have the know that she can get for us which is good and right now she is showing that most of our politicians are two faced hypocrites and are there only for the prestige and the money they get now for their pay and the huge pension they get when they leave that comes out of our CPP money they rip us off for when we retire or become widows or widowers.

      • brumman

        right on! it’s no wonder that so few people bother to vote – so how do we get out of this democratic dictatorship? Last years occupy protests failed – so what now? Elizabeth May clearly is the best MP in the house – if only she were leader of the NDP we might see some action!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maggie.oscalleigh Maggie O’Scalleigh

    Thank you for this Elizabeth! I have been posting things all over facebook about all the issues surrounding this treaty and the Enbridge – Kinder-Morgan pipelines. Funny though, every time I come to your website my computer has a hiccup and stalls for a minute. I wonder if the Chinese Government is already tracking anyone that is listening to you, because you seem to be one of very few making a stink about this!
    Anyone else have their computer stall before coming to this site? NOT KIDDING! It’s the third time today!

    • Wes

      I, too, had precisely the same “stalling’ issue on my PC. Hmm…

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      No I think it the Harper government doing it as I am going through the same with my computer and was wondering. Well if they are they are certainly getting an eye full from me and I will not stop as I think Harper is out for Harper and he is so smooth his part can’t even see it along with many others. I believe he is a great con artist and we are all paying the price

  • Lois

    you are a tireless fighter for our rights ….thankyou. The other comments say it all.

  • Sharon Priest-Nagata

    Thank you Elizabeth, we applaud you and protest this latest outrage by the pretenders to the throne known as the Federal government.

  • red mitten

    Listening to you taking it to the house did my heart good. thank you

  • Janice Colvill

    Yes Elizabeth!!!
    Thank You for your awakeness, your discriminate intelligence & fortitude. And may there be one or more than one there to hear, comprehend & assist in right action.

  • Diane Williams

    Thank you Elizabeth ! What can we do to stop this insanity ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/annettepmw Annette Witteman

    As always Miss May-WELL SAID!!! wow what a bunch of rotten Bananas you other MPs are-please step up and push aside Harper once and for ALL…

  • Kelby

    Right on Elizabeth! Please keep it up!! Thank you for your words in Victoria on Monday at the legislature.

  • Rocky Racoon

    Is Harper the MP CISIS was warning us about?
    RR

  • HeyLegg

    Well said, thanks you!

  • John Hill

    Thank you Elizabeth! Your speech today and in Victoria on Monday helps restore my otherwise rapidly fading faith in our democracy. I have spread it widely and hope everyone will!

  • John Larmer

    Well said and done!

  • Michael Brayall

    Thank you very much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judi.babcock001 Judi Babcock

    Thank you Elizabeth, for looking out for the interests of all Canadians, and not just the few with influence in Ottawa. We need you, and we need more like you in office!

  • Valerie Hildebrand

    A +++++ to Elizabeth !!

  • PeterK

    You’re a voice in the wilderness, Elizabeth. Keep it up!

    As for your colleagues in the House, it’s time they started earning their pay grade looking out for Canada/Canadians as opposed to other countries/corporate entities/investors.

  • PeterK

    You’re a voice in the wilderness, Elizabeth. Keep it up!

    As for your colleagues in the House, it’s time they started earning their pay grade looking out for Canada/Canadians as opposed to other countries/corporate entities/investors.

  • RAMAC

    I am proud of you, Ms. May!

  • RAMAC

    I am proud of you, Ms. May!

  • Ellen Brown

    Oh to have more Elizabeth May’s out there!! Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do. Why aren’t more politicians making noise? Keep up the good work – we need and appreciate you. Ellen Brown

  • Ellen Brown

    Oh to have more Elizabeth May’s out there!! Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do. Why aren’t more politicians making noise? Keep up the good work – we need and appreciate you. Ellen Brown

  • Lesley

    You are the lone hero in our government, what can we do to stop this???

  • Lesley

    You are the lone hero in our government, what can we do to stop this???

  • Dale M.

    thanks once again Elizabeth.

  • Dale M.

    thanks once again Elizabeth.

  • superanne

    Thank you, Elizabeth – you represent the way our House of Commons should work for Canadians. I’ve used your info about FIPA to write to the local editors and to bombard the Harper cabinet (and the big slug himself) about the dangers of this deal.

  • superanne

    Thank you, Elizabeth – you represent the way our House of Commons should work for Canadians. I’ve used your info about FIPA to write to the local editors and to bombard the Harper cabinet (and the big slug himself) about the dangers of this deal.

  • Tyler M

    Good work Elizabeth. Glad we have at least one politician with a conscience and enough balls to stand up to Dictator Harper.

  • Tyler M

    Good work Elizabeth. Glad we have at least one politician with a conscience and enough balls to stand up to Dictator Harper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cliff.esler Cliff Esler

    I am not versed in parliamentary rights and procedures, but I wish someone would explain how the Harper government’s blocking of open debate on the FIPA issue does *not* constitute contempt of parliament. To me, it is mincing words to say otherwise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cliff.esler Cliff Esler

    I am not versed in parliamentary rights and procedures, but I wish someone would explain how the Harper government’s blocking of open debate on the FIPA issue does *not* constitute contempt of parliament. To me, it is mincing words to say otherwise.

  • aidanz

    ive lost faith in our government. the structure is broken. thank you for fighting the good fight elizabth may. take care and good luck.

  • aidanz

    ive lost faith in our government. the structure is broken. thank you for fighting the good fight elizabth may. take care and good luck.

  • Sarah

    Well put Elizabeth! I hope your voice, which is speaking for millions of Canadians at home and across the globe is heard!

  • Sarah

    Well put Elizabeth! I hope your voice, which is speaking for millions of Canadians at home and across the globe is heard!

  • Marilyn Minden

    No offense intended to the Greens but we need you for Canada. Please run for leader of the Liberal party! They need you to lead all of us! Thank heavens for you! Can you organise the provincial premiers to run this treaty out of the house?

    • Little_Bear

      I’ll second that . A coalition is the only hope for knocking the destructive Harper freight train off the tracks. Please consider this Elizabeth. Every Liberal supporter of my acquaintance would back you.

  • Marilyn Minden

    No offense intended to the Greens but we need you for Canada. Please run for leader of the Liberal party! They need you to lead all of us! Thank heavens for you! Can you organise the provincial premiers to run this treaty out of the house?

  • Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland

    My god, woman! Your courage and clarity, coupled with the brilliance of your mind makes you a force to be reckoned with. Please know that so many of us are behind you. I can only imagine what toll it takes on you to stand up to the short-sighted, small minded, profit focused members of our corrupt government. This treaty should not have been signed without proper discussion. Where is the transparency promised by the Conservatives in the last election?

  • Sarah Hall

    Way to go! Keep up the great work please.

  • Pat Martin

    It is becoming more and more clear every day that Canadians are asleep. And while they sleep, Stephen Harper is ramming through pathways for corporatons to override taxpayer sovereignty. He is giving away our resources to anyone who will comply with his corporate agenda and without benefit to Canadians. He should be tried for TREASON! There is no semblance of democracy in our House of Commons and he is a fascist Prime Minister who must be deemed unfit to govern. WAKE UP CANADA!

    • Alon

      Pat, didn’t you also call Jim Harris a fascist back in 2004? If you’re really Pat Martin, you’ve been crying wolf an awful long time. Now the real wolf shows up, and it’s hard not to tune you out…

  • Aurelea.

    Thank you for your lucid update and willingness to “acquaint” Canadian citizens on with the details of the technical briefing. I am perplexed by our governing party’s approach to governance and treaty making.

  • Normanium Eldred

    I am guessing this treaty violates provincial and federal jurisdictions regarding resource management. More importantly, Stephen Harper continues to violate democratic process and the people of Canada.

  • Wes

    To my fellow Canadians:
    It appears obvious to me that given the silence of the vast majority of our elected representatives in the HoC concerning this this trade “deal”, there is something MUCH bigger going on behind our backs. Castigate me as paranoid if you like, but it seems this cone of silence is part of the larger plan to implement another pillar in the “New World Order” unfolding before our eyes. How else to explain the blatant affronts to our sovereignty, security, and democracy? It beggars belief that we could have arrived at such a dangerous place, although we were warned by our current PM previously that “…(y)ou won’t recognise Canada when I am finished with it…”
    Thank-you, Ms. May, for your efforts to expose the truth. I can only hope that your call will be heard in the HoC. As it stands, I have my doubts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655460667 James Linzel

      I HATE conspiracy theories. However, when it stinks like, looks like, tastes like poo. Its probably poo. In the absence of good reason there must be a poor one. So what is it?

      • Kevin E

        I’d like to know what these MPs stock profiles look like…. I’m betting there’s a wee bit of a conflict of interest at the heart…

        • Jer71

          Right and they need the rug pulled out from under their feet and need to be taught that just because Canadians are laid back , they are not Stupid !! Canada must do something about this, we are not going to complacently sit back and watch them hand us to China on a silver platter ( or the silver spoons in their mouth ! )

        • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.booth.714 Andrea Booth
    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      I really believe what you are saying and people need to be paranoid as what Harper is trying to do is going to bring ruin to this country.

  • PvT

    Here here, I say. I thought selling the Hudson’s Bay Company to a foreign entity when it happend was a travesty, but now I see that’s nothing compared to what has been happening with selling out our resurce based businesses, leasing, whatever you want to call it. This is the ground I was born and bred on and it is being pulled out from under me and our future.

  • Lee York

    Thank you for exposing yet another important issue that will be kept close to the vest, without appropriate scrutiny, much like the recent series of omnibus “budget” bills. Unbelievable! I only hope that you don’t get discouraged by the lack of democratic process inside our supposedly democratic institutions.

  • catherine sutherland

    Thanks Elizabeth, I think while everyone is so concerned with the American election Chairman Harper has chosen this time to shove this through. Where are the other members of parliament and why aren’t they objecting to this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/adAstraStella Alise Kent

    You have got my vote. I’d rather switch than ….capitulate.

  • Soulmann

    I am truly sickened by the wholesale Sovereignty of our once awesome country… Our Country could be awesome again, but this insane administration has to stop… we tell our kids not to bully people, yet look what is happening in Ottawa… I wish there were more of you so we stood a chance…

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

      wow that is what I was just saying about Harper. He is the bully that is getting away with it all as from what I can see he has all the other politicians scared of him or at least that is what it looks like as no one is even trying to find a way to do something about him other than Elizabeth May. How come it is taking a woman to stand up to him where are all the male politicians.

  • Brian

    Thank you Elizabeth for making sure Parliament got at least 60 seconds of information. It’s shocking how fierce the Harper Government’s continuing attack on our democracy is.

  • Ann Eastman

    Thank you Elizabeth – I am so sick of Papa Harper’s “penny wise, future foolish” crap

  • karine

    Good job Elizabeth, good job

  • Karen Simmons

    Bravo Elizabeth, and thank you.

  • Matthew

    Thank you for standing up for us!

  • Larry

    Elizabeth. I want to thank you for what you are trying to accomplish. Lord knows it is long overdue.So many of Our politians have their own agender and fail to see what the people of Canada want or need. They have over the years made many Canadians lose confidence in Government and now they stay away fron the poles in droves. There are so few like yourself that come along and when one does step forward the people refuse to believe it or take you for real. By the time they get to realize what you stand for the election is already over. The actions of many of out elected representatives makes it very hard to believe they are now or ever have been true Canadians I am in the latter years of my life however I pray for my siblings. We have made one terrible mess for them to clean up before they can even think of having a good life… Keep up the great work but realize you are waist deep in the crap already placed there. We have watched our Country go so far in the hole we are not sure if we need to crawl out or keep digging to see where we end up… Good Luck and God Be With You. Larry N

  • Audrey Morgan

    I am beside myself with rage over what the Conservative government ‘gets up to’ and decides to share at the last minute. Thank you, Elizabeth for speaking perfectly in your ’60 seconds’. It’s all sheer lunacy.

  • ian

    If you have heard this and understand the gravity of the issue I urge you to share this through Facebook, Twitter or any other way to as many as you can as quick as you can……the NDP have a campaign going as well so support them in this fight!!!

  • ian

    If you have heard this and understand the gravity of the issue I urge you to share this through Facebook, Twitter or any other way to as many as you can as quick as you can……the NDP have a campaign going as well so support them in this fight!!!

  • Delores Broten

    thank you Elizabeth – you are doing a hero’s lifting on this and so many other issues.

  • Delores Broten

    thank you Elizabeth – you are doing a hero’s lifting on this and so many other issues.

  • paula

    Thank you Ms May…I am without words, and like many others, sign petitions, wrote our MP’s…..what to do next? What do our foreign treaties in other countries,like Africa, look like? Is this standard treaty language?

  • AG

    You rock, Elizabeth!!!

  • Little_Bear

    Elizabeth. thank you. You’re a hero. I’ve sent email appeals to the PC members of the Standing Committee on International Trade, I’ve signed your petition, I’m not contacting my MP because it’s Dean del Mastro (say no more). This is lunacy. What do we do now?

  • Saul Arbess

    60 seconds to midnight! Well done, Elizabeth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Gardner/1275434209 Andrew Gardner

    I’m against foreign takeover of any kind, but in the recession I learned one important thing: whether it’s a CEO of your own nationality, or a foreign CEO, they’re both assholes. They will pay the same low wages to Canadians, and the money will either go to a Canadian CEO’s holdings, or a Chinese CEO’s holdings. Neither of which like the common folk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553001859 Deb Bledsoe

    Elizabeth, the other treaty that does exactly the same thing, even removing our own laws in favor of others, is the treaty being discussed with the USA and South America.

  • Barbara Macartney

    Articulate and on track expressing the deep concern of many many Canadians – thanks Elizabeth! Where are the rest of our voices?

  • http://www.facebook.com/immediacy.arts Immediacy Arts

    Thank you Ms. May for your focussed, detailed and well-supported concern regarding one more way of giving away Canada to any foreign investment. Just look at Mr. Vander Zalm. He sold the Expo site for $100 million dollars. At this moment, with all the developments in place, that investment by a well-know Hong-Kong Investor is worth billions of dollars. But Mr. Van Der Zalm also got to sell to this man his failing business, The Fantasy Gardens, for one million dollars. Mr.Vander Zalm obviously was forced to resign in the middle of a great shame (not his, of course) So, whose hands are being greased this time at the Harper Government?

  • Beverley J. Anderson

    Thank you Elizabeth! Now if the other members would just wake up . . . . .

  • Jean

    You Elizabeth are worth more than a million conservatives. thank you for being you. Thank you for speaking at yestedays rally in Victoria. I was one of the potential arrest “restees” but they didnt arrest us – they said they couldnt because there were too many of us. 230 of us holding the black cloth banners the length of the tankers. Today in Nanaimo 400 of us stood arms linked againt the pipeline at Leonard Krogs office. from teens to old people like me..I will send a letter to Harper – a waste of the paper but we have to do it. I hope there is a giant rally in Ottawa. We love you
    Jean McLaren on Gabriola Island BC

  • Sick and tired

    Excellent effort Elisabeth! I read the paper every day. Why haven’t I heard about this before??? Are both our politicians and our media asleep? NAFTA’s corporate claim provisions against governments and Canadian sovereignty were bad enough. This government by stealth must end!

  • Maril

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for your tireless efforts for ecological and economic sanity. From what I hear on the CBC, people are finally getting the message. We’re very proud of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martine.paulin Martine Paulin

    This means we are about to allow a non-democracy dictate what happens in a parliamentary democracy. Appalling, really! Especially when we take a good hard look at the way the Chinese government ‘protects’ its own natural resources… are we actually blind and gullible enough to believe they will do better on foreign soil??!

  • Barbara

    I too applaud Elizabeth’s continued push and her clarity in expressing ideas succinctly. However I would like others to know that the NDP at least is not being silent. Just a few hours ago I responded to an urgent message from Tom Mulcair and sent a message to all the members of the International Trade Committee who are debating a motion tomorrow, Thursday, by Don Davies NDP calling for a full study of FIPA. I urge everyone to do the same – or go to Forestethics website for details.

  • Angela

    Elizabeth May for Prime Minister!

  • Lynn

    Thank you Elizabeth your work is a fine example of what Canadians have the right to expect from each elected member of its government. These are fearsome times as we increasingly evolve to become a hinterland for industrialists and frighteningly eager to believe other nations have some sort of secret understanding of how our country would be economically better if they were able to have control over its laws, values and resources.

  • Marian

    Thank goodness you are there to speak up, Elizabeth! It’s a scary place these days with the disdainful Conservatives trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes!

  • Bird

    This is so shocking that I now regard the PM as a real madman. What on earth can he be thinking? He’s selling us out to this communist state for what????? Impeach Harper..he is no longer fit to run anything anywhere. And thank-you Elizabeth for standing up to this petty dictator.

  • Eldon Wiancko

    Bully for you Ms. May. You do yourself and your country proud. Would that there were more like you.

  • Shari Baker

    Wow! This is an impressive, concise performance! As a Canadian, I appreciate your tenacity and insights. Your diligence is remarkable!

  • Marc

    Dear Ms May

    Once again, thanks for speaking out and speaking up. Thanks for being the lone voice of reason crying out in a wilderness gone insane.

    The true North strong maybe, but not so free anymore, if it ever was.

  • Senior Bernie

    My father fought for this land, Canada, in 1917; my uncles
    fought for Canada and lost their lives in WWII; now we are asked to fight our
    own government for Canada on our own soil. Perhaps historians should write in
    their annals what the government did for their people, and not of what Prime
    Ministers did for themselves.

  • Caroline Waelti

    Thank you for being the one politian that is not afraid to speak the truth and let people know what is happening behind the closed doors.

  • Desperate for Change

    Thank you Elizabeth … two things are astonishing about this issue. First, that Mr. Harper is risking reinforcing China’s aggressive and often unethical attempts to control economic factors. Secondly, it is incredible that so many members on both sides are so easily intimidated by Mr. Harper, at great cost to the citizens they are responsible for representing.

  • Kilby

    it must be difficult being one of the very few MP’s that actually cares about Canada and Canadians. Wish you were running the NDP or Liberals!

  • http://twitter.com/changethetopic Change The Topic

    i absolutely love Elizabeth May.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhonda.fairman Rhonda Kershaw Fairman

    Can you put up a petition on AVAAZ? It will help get signatures!

  • E. Wald

    Thank you for being there to speak for us. We send you blessings for the energy to keep it up!

  • J

    The sad part is that only those who read your information will have the opportunity to take action. So many are unsatisfied with their government but take zero action to protect what they have. They are depending on their government elected/appointed people to protect them, unfortunately the people a nation depends on for protection are truely only interested in those things that benefit them(the elected/appointed people). Good for you for doing your due diligence

  • Ann Buttrick

    Fabulous! Keep it up. It’s the efficiency and brilliance of your digests that are helping to keep this nation abreast of the Harper government’s dangerous sleight of hand.

    Thank you.

  • janice

    Elizabeth. much respect and support!

  • Doug Prentice

    Good on you, Elizabeth.

    Somebody has to tell Harper that putting anyone, let alone foreign investors with no loyalty to anything but their own self-interest, above the Law is as dangerous to the state and our freedom today as it was when Brutus kicked out Tarquinius Superbus,
    (Tarquin the Proud) and founded the Roman Republic.

    Doug Prentice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655460667 James Linzel

    Thank you Ms. May. KEEP UP THE FIGHT! Canadians need to wake up and listen. You are helping this process. At the VERY least FIPA needs to br scrutinized, in detail, about it ramifications. The mere thought the ‘Harper Government’ would attempt to pass this without debate should send a stench to all Canadian noses. KEEP IT UP! DEMAND parliamentary debate.
    Cheers!

  • Elisabeth McColl

    Bravo Elizabeth.It appears our Prime Minister continues to treat Canadian voters with contempt….60 seconds of briefing in the House on a matter of such significance is a
    disgrace. Thank you yet again for keeping us abreast on such an important issue.

  • Janis Gauthier

    Thank you Elizabeth, good work.

  • Hilary Samuel

    Thank you Elizabeth, for saying it like it is. I wish you could be our Prime Minister.

    For the record, for all you folks commenting that other parties are just standing around doing nothing, the NDP is putting forward a motion Thursday at the House of Commons International Trade Committee to conduct a full study on FIPA. Thomas Mulcair asks; “Write to the Conservative MP’s who are members of The Standing Committee on International Trade and urge them to support the motion”:

    Rob Merrifield rob.merrifield@parl.gc.ca
    Ron Cannan ron.cannan@parl.gc.ca
    Russ Hiebert russ.hiebert@parl.gc.ca
    Ed Holder ed.holder@parl.gc.ca
    Gerald Keddy gerald.keddy@parl.gc.ca
    Bev Shipley bev.shipley@parl.gc.ca
    Devinder Shory devinder.shory@parl.gc.ca

    You can also go to the LeadNow website and sign that petition and send it to your friends. http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=hp

    As well as having done the above, I’ll be printing out and getting signatures for the petition Elizabeth has posted here on this page.

  • Hilary Samuel

    Thank you Elizabeth, for saying it like it is. I wish you could be our Prime Minister.

    For the record, for all you folks commenting that other parties are just standing around doing nothing, the NDP is putting forward a motion Thursday at the House of Commons International Trade Committee to conduct a full study on FIPA. Thomas Mulcair asks; “Write to the Conservative MP’s who are members of The Standing Committee on International Trade and urge them to support the motion”:

    Rob Merrifield rob.merrifield@parl.gc.ca
    Ron Cannan ron.cannan@parl.gc.ca
    Russ Hiebert russ.hiebert@parl.gc.ca
    Ed Holder ed.holder@parl.gc.ca
    Gerald Keddy gerald.keddy@parl.gc.ca
    Bev Shipley bev.shipley@parl.gc.ca
    Devinder Shory devinder.shory@parl.gc.ca

    You can also go to the LeadNow website and sign that petition and send it to your friends. http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=hp

    As well as having done the above, I’ll be printing out and getting signatures for the petition Elizabeth has posted here on this page.

  • http://twitter.com/StuffNeedsFixin StuffNeedsFixin

    Chairman Harper is heading for treason at a wreck-less pace … but who gets to charge him?

  • http://twitter.com/StuffNeedsFixin StuffNeedsFixin

    Chairman Harper is heading for treason at a wreck-less pace … but who gets to charge him?

  • Fran Sloan Sainas

    Thank you Elizabeth. I support your stand and you speak my thoughts eloquently. Keep up the great work and please keep the pressure on the Harper government.

  • Fran Sloan Sainas

    Thank you Elizabeth. I support your stand and you speak my thoughts eloquently. Keep up the great work and please keep the pressure on the Harper government.

  • Suzanne Gay

    thank you Elizabeth, this is frightening and extremely distressing news, but so many of us are grateful to have your voice present. Please continue your efforts! we appreciate you! Suzanne Gay, Saltspring Island – Nanaimo

  • Suzanne Gay

    thank you Elizabeth, this is frightening and extremely distressing news, but so many of us are grateful to have your voice present. Please continue your efforts! we appreciate you! Suzanne Gay, Saltspring Island – Nanaimo

  • cynthia

    You have to remember that you are dealing with two different belief/value systems here. What the Chinese believe in as
    something is a good opportunity, we believe that it is cheating. We believe in telling the truth and they believe in ‘saving face’.
    We also believe in abiding by the law as we know we will be punished if we don’t. The Chinese have many laws but they
    are not enforced. You cannot enter into an agreement and play with two different sets of rules. I’m afraid Canada or should
    I say Canadians are on the losing side here. I’m going to agree with Wes here, there is something bigger that is going on
    behind our backs.

  • cynthia

    You have to remember that you are dealing with two different belief/value systems here. What the Chinese believe in as
    something is a good opportunity, we believe that it is cheating. We believe in telling the truth and they believe in ‘saving face’.
    We also believe in abiding by the law as we know we will be punished if we don’t. The Chinese have many laws but they
    are not enforced. You cannot enter into an agreement and play with two different sets of rules. I’m afraid Canada or should
    I say Canadians are on the losing side here. I’m going to agree with Wes here, there is something bigger that is going on
    behind our backs.

  • Teapotter

    Thank God for you, Elizabeth. You’re the one person who has the guts and gumption to call this “Harper Government” for what it is – a destroyer of Canada and Canadian values.

  • Maureen Martin

    It is unbelievable that our government can pass this agreement without consultation from the people of Canada – and also the provincial and municipal governments who could be severely impacted.

  • Angus McPherson

    Unfortunately, our PM, Stevie Wonder, does not care about democracy. He continues to bully, berate and ridicule any position that he has not been able to completely control. His party (of trained chimps) is micro managed by him to the point of being completely useless. I get the impression he wants to become a world figure and will do anything to get there.

  • Jane in Wellington

    Same – way to go Elizabeth. What is happening to our democracy???

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnyangelsspinout John A. Slomka

    This treaty serves china,,,,,we really have had enough of that commie crap! What kind of chinese ass kissing politicians are we producing here? Stop the red threat now! Monty pythons flying circus was right!

  • Stephen Smulan

    Thank you so much Elizabeth. I’m happy to see at least one person in the House of Commons who actually cares about the best interests of the Canadian people.

  • ADAMRAY

    Would you agree then that Canadian companies investing in China or any other country should have no rights to protect their business and investment if the governments of that country decide to change the rules midstream.

    • Kevin E

      I would agree that they should not have special rights to sue for assumed loss of profits due to any laws being passed that could infringe on their “potential” future business. That’s completely insane and arbitrary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.wedge.12 Slammin Mike Wedge

    It’s totally deplorable what Harper is doing to this country and to think he has the gall to run attack ads on his opponents…this treaty will only benefit China, lawyers and arbitrators… NOW you know who he really cares about in this country, it isn’t you and me, people and personally I’m coming to the mind that he’s committing high crimes against Canada and it’s citizens…I never thought I could hate a PM as much as I hated Mulroney and I’m sad to say that thought has been realized..

  • Christa Kumar

    Everybody seems to have given up trying to understand what Harper is planning.This
    majority government is a bad thing.
    Speak as loud as you can,Elizabeth, find allies where you can…
    and thank you…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CB537Z6ML6C7PAXCMLIG2MK7VI eggomaniac

    thing is? China is probably all ponzied out just like YankeeLand and Europe. Smart money might want to do calculations on this, if the Bamboo Curtain can be torn open. Why wouldn’t the Chinese economy be infected from the West, by the West? eh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CB537Z6ML6C7PAXCMLIG2MK7VI eggomaniac

    Our British Columbia Premier keeps talking about throwing all our eggs in the Chinese basket. What if that Engine of the World is, actually, off the tracks and broken down? We will end up at the Bottom of the Pyramid Scheme!

  • Leonie Muldoon

    Thank you Elizabeth – it’s so sad you are the only one in the House to acknowledge this threat…. I wish we could multiply you several hundred times!

  • Chairman George

    Agree with all messages ! Harper is a shameful bully and is harassing democracy ! This sellout to crass corporate greed is sickening . You are fantastic , with all the integrity your colleagues lack ! Chairman George

  • Fran

    Yes elizabeth is the only mp with a brain and the only mp who is fulfilling the purpose and duty of an mp. She is worth so much.

  • Fran

    Yes elizabeth is the only mp with a brain and the only mp who is fulfilling the purpose and duty of an mp. She is worth so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717897624 Paula Stein

    Holy Sh** What a dreadful and anti-Canadian piece of rubbish from the Harper government!!! Thank goodness for you, Elizabeth May!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717897624 Paula Stein

    Holy Sh** What a dreadful and anti-Canadian piece of rubbish from the Harper government!!! Thank goodness for you, Elizabeth May!!

  • http://twitter.com/GoldHome Linda Biglow

    Thank you,- I have just finished reading and researching Sinopec/Addex and the involvement this/these corporations have in International oil development, refinement and their respective web sites; not to mention their amazing rise in the past ten years overall. China has become Africa’s biggest trading partner, and the new refinery
    could play a role in furthering China’s ambition to expand global
    resource trading by being a destination for crude oil’ . = ‘In 2011 it ranked as the 5th largest company in sales in Forbes Global 2000.[4][5]In 2009, it was ranked 9th by Fortune Global 500 becoming the first Chinese corporation to make the top ten and in 2010 it was ranked 7th.[6] In 2007, it ranked first in the Top 500 Enterprises of China ranking.’[7] Wikepedia

    This is a mere excerpt – Aquisition is merely one piece of a broader weave for where this corporation intends to go. We should all be highly aware, educated and ready = ready. This country is a communist regime. This is the tip of the iceberg.

  • http://twitter.com/GoldHome Linda Biglow

    Thank you,- I have just finished reading and researching Sinopec/Addex and the involvement this/these corporations have in International oil development, refinement and their respective web sites; not to mention their amazing rise in the past ten years overall. China has become Africa’s biggest trading partner, and the new refinery
    could play a role in furthering China’s ambition to expand global
    resource trading by being a destination for crude oil’ . = ‘In 2011 it ranked as the 5th largest company in sales in Forbes Global 2000.[4][5]In 2009, it was ranked 9th by Fortune Global 500 becoming the first Chinese corporation to make the top ten and in 2010 it was ranked 7th.[6] In 2007, it ranked first in the Top 500 Enterprises of China ranking.’[7] Wikepedia

    This is a mere excerpt – Aquisition is merely one piece of a broader weave for where this corporation intends to go. We should all be highly aware, educated and ready = ready. This country is a communist regime. This is the tip of the iceberg.

  • Anon

    TY!!!

  • Anon

    TY!!!

  • Doreen

    Why is this government selling us to China bit by bit? Do these politicians who are agreeing to the madness that is taking place in our parliament in order to attract Chinese and other foreign investors, not have children and grandchildren in whose hands they will be leaving this mess?

    • Alon

      they will be leaving their grandchildren stocks, bonds, boats, and armies. there is a global class warfare going on and it’s time the privileged liberals who hate what’s happening to their country use their power to support revolution and cease being so comfortable

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheila.at.home Sheila Scully

    Thank you so very much Elizabeth for your compassion, your voice and your incredible hard work!

  • Teresa

    yes, you are truly heroic Elizabeth!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mhneuman Marshall Neuman

    Way to go Elizabeth. LIke you, I fear for our country under this administration.

  • alon

    Time for a mass occupation of Conservative MPs offices…

  • Virginia Howard

    This one strong voice crying in the wilderness.

  • Cheryl

    So glad someone is speaking some common sence!

  • Carole

    Thank you Elizabeth… a voice of reason and intelligence in a country gone mad.

  • Enoughisenough!

    Yay Elizabeth!!! Keep up the good work. It is unbelievable what this government is doing to their fellow Canadians and the people they were elected to represent!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erica.j.mostad Erica J Mostad

    Wow. It seems to me that something so important and nation changing as this agreement with China should be put up for public debate and democratic vote. Or are we not living in a democracy any longer? Mr. Harper, you are not our President, you are not our Warlord, or our King, you do not have the right to make these decisions for us!

  • Glenn Spicer

    Sixty seconds to try and save Canada from Harper and Elizabeth May does it. Where the heck are the NDP and Liberals, do they not care? We should do as Iceland did and the people should take over the government with Elizabeth at the helm. If we are to be sold out to China as well as the US then maybe I should be thinking of moving to South America as Canada will no longer be Canadian owned. Thank you Elizabeth for your precious sixty seconds. Is there any way this dictator Harper can be stopped?

  • Sebastian

    It’s going to happen regardless of any voiced opinions or protests. Foreign corporations have always owned a piece of a country, it’s the way it has been and always will be. Even if it smacks against our sovereignty, the rights of a foreign corporation, whether privately or state owned, will have more rights to sue and dictate municipal laws than are necessary. It’s a corporate-run world, trade and commerce makes the world revolve, even if we don’t like it. The pipeline will go through, China will have our oil and our resources. You have no say in the matter. This has been going on for decades. Why now is this such a problem? Is it because it’s a popular agenda? Does it garner votes and support? Of course it does. And don’t say it doesn’t. Because no matter the outcome, politicians and pundits will continue receiving pensions and benefits.

  • Mike Hrycenko

    Elizabeth, your conviction, passion and intelligence give me great hope for politics in our country.
    The fact that you seem such a lone voice in those halls is utterly disheartening.

  • MyPetGloat

    The NDP has been vocal on this issue but the party is not as publicly vocal on the issue as May has been.
    http://www.dondavies.ca/new-democrats-want-public-debate-on-canada-china-deal/

    All the oppositions parties should be making this their number one priority to fight right now. Once it is signed it will be too late.

  • Steve Burgess

    Good for you Elizabeth and so much for democracy! We the people need to take back our fundamental right to be heard and listened to by our elected leaders because politicians and corporations are stealing our children’s futures from under our noses. By supporting caring, informed and ethical people like Elizabeth May perhaps we will enable them to move forward into a bright future instead of a downward spiral.

  • D. Svendsen

    Good Girl!
    Don’t let them get away with it Elizabeth!

  • Jamie Scott

    Maybe it’s time to switch Elizabeth’s. I only hear one who’s representing her people.

  • Clifton Heinrichs

    How wonderful it would be to have a Prime Minister like you with the willingness to speak FOR Canadians. Where are the others?

  • Champagr

    Thanks Elizabeth, you are a great real Canadian

  • A Fredette

    Here are the emails for Conservative MP’s who are members of The Standing Committee on International Trade
    Rob Merrifield rob.merrifield@parl.gc.ca Yellowhead
    Ron Cannan ron.cannan@parl.gc.ca Kelowna Lake Counrty
    Russ Hiebert russ.hiebert@parl.gc.ca south Surrey White Rock Cloverdale
    Ed Holder ed.holder@parl.gc.ca London West
    Gerald Keddy gerald.keddy@parl.gc.ca South Shore St Margaret’s
    Bev Shipley bev.shipley@parl.gc.ca Lambton Kent Middlesex
    Devinder Shory devinder.shory@parl.gc.ca Calgary Northeast
    email them – fill their in boxes people.
    Thank you Elizabeth, for being you!

  • Hanne Qew

    Thank you for speaking up for Canadians and for democracy! We need more courageous and realistic people like you in parliament!

  • A Fredette

    Also call/email Clark & BC MLA’s
    Clark need to go to court to get an injuctionTHIS WEEK!
    “Under the Canadian constitution, the federal government is incapable of unilaterally implementing international treaty obligations in areas that fall within provincial jurisdiction. Nor is it acceptable for the federal government to use its treaty-making powers to do an end run around the federal-provincial division of powers or in a way that diminishes Canadian federalism and democracy”. Gus Van Harten Osgoode Hall law professor, expert on international investment treaties.
    http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/10/24/BC-FIPA-Response/
    Elizabeth has done her part. now it is up to us and time is short.

  • Marianna

    Dear Elizabeth, is there anything that can be done about it?

  • Geoff Craven

    Keep up the good work, Elizabeth. The arrogant way in which this treacherous government is mismanaging Canadian assets is a matter of extreme concern to all Canadians. There will be nothing “Canadian” left for our grandchildren. Let us hope there will be support for you in the house next month.

  • Christine J.

    Well Done! cannot believe no one has commented on this issue! Merci

  • Eva van Loon

    Elizabeth May for Prime Minister! Except that it will be the job from hell if this heinous TPP goes through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/natural.nurture Natural Nurture

    Thank GOD there is some sentience in the house!! THANK YOU Elizabeth May!!

    What is this tyrant thinking?…or is he thinking only of padding his pension plan with foreign funds from obligants?

  • Toni

    Thank you Elizabeth. It saddens me that the ruling party doesn’t care and isn’t listening

  • Marney Ward

    Wow Elizabeth, how lucky I am to be in your riding and to be able to vote for you. And how lucky Canada is to have to raising these issues in Parliament. Brava!

  • http://www.facebook.com/megaloo.ohorran Megaloo O’Horran

    Thank you Elizabeth. Glad you’ve got the balls (oops, I mean ovaries), to stand up to that corrupt bully Harper!

  • Susanna

    Well said & thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fmtotino Frank Totino

    Elizabeth is great. And I hope she gets more support and more colleagues in her section of the house. But to allay some fears about no one else speaking out, I got this note yesterday from Thomas Mulcair:
    I am writing you because you have expressed concern about the Canada – China Foreign Investment Agreement (FIPA).
    As you have noted, this deal changes Canada’s long standing policy of ensuring public disclosure and transparency in arbitrations. This deal could have negative effects on the ability of Canadian governments to set policies in the public interest and exposes Canadian taxpayers to expensive litigation and damages. It also fails to achieve full reciprocity for Canadian investors.
    Despite repeated calls for a public debate and study of this agreement, the Conservative Government has refused to expose this deal to any public scrutiny. As the treaty’s terms will be in force for a minimum of 31 years, we believe this is irresponsible.
    That is why the NDP is putting forward another motion at the House of Commons International Trade Committee to conduct a full study on this deal and, importantly, to call on the government to postpone ratification of this agreement until we have heard from a broad cross-section of witnesses.
    We are asking for your help in making this happen. Please write the Conservative members of the International Trade committee and ask them to join the call for postponing ratification and support the motion to study the treaty.
    NDP International Trade Critic Don Davies’ motion will be debated on Thursday, October 25. To read his motion in full and to see other actions the NDP has taken on the FIPA issue, click here: http://www.dondavies.ca/canada-china-fipa/
    WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Write to the Conservative MP’s who are members of The Standing Committee on International Trade and urge them to support the motion:
    Rob Merrifield rob.merrifield@parl.gc.ca Ron Cannan ron.cannan@parl.gc.ca Russ Hiebert russ.hiebert@parl.gc.ca Ed Holder ed.holder@parl.gc.ca Gerald Keddy gerald.keddy@parl.gc.ca Bev Shipley bev.shipley@parl.gc.ca Devinder Shory devinder.shory@parl.gc.ca
    Again, I appreciate this opportunity to update you on our efforts to ensure that all trade deals are done in the best interests of Canadians.
    Sincerely,

    Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont)Leader of the Official OppositionNew Democratic Party of Canada
    Follow Tom on Facebook and Twitterwww.facebook.com/ThomasMulcairwww.twitter.com/ThomasMulcair

  • http://twitter.com/aquiottawa GB

    Thanks Elizabeth May.
    You are doing an excellent work informing Canadians on the hidden agenda of the
    neo-conservatives

  • Rob

    Harper should be strung up by his short and curlies for treason.

  • waaaaste

    Harper should be charged with treason.

  • Al Smith

    Great job Elizebeth, why are not the other opposition leaders jumping all over this, I know why the Harper puppets are not. Keep up the good work Elizebeth.

  • Arnold Baker

    How can we stop this man? Members of parliament in Steven Harper’s government should stop Harper before our whole country is given away.

  • Lorylor

    Kudos to you Elizabeth – pray we all listen and act!

  • Judith Grad

    Thank you… thank you…thank you for your tireless work and commitment to the people of Canada. Sometimes it feels like your are the only honest politician with critical thinking skills. What is wrong with our politician…. are they all asleep at the wheel. Thanks for having the guts to call it the way it is. Keep on the good fight.

  • bob

    well stated. thank you for bringing this up in the house and raising the key points. i hope more like you will have the same opportunity.

  • crystal

    I would like to know why my posts get deleted shortly after they appear. This has happened 3 times and I’m wondering who is watching what I am saying…………..I’ll try again.

  • Donna Matheson

    Jordan says it best, but I will add my thanks!

  • Denise Laliberté

    Bravo Mme May!
    Continuez! Vous êtes celle qui me remontez le moral en ces temps si décourageants.
    Je me sens si impuissante face à ce gouvernement; heureusement qu’il y a quelqu’un comme vous qui passe à travers les dossiers et nous donne l’heure juste. Je n’en peux plus de ce gouvernement qui n’a de démocratique que le nom; il fait fi du parlement; enfin j’arrête là.
    C’est une Québécoise qui vous dit Merci!

  • Karl (Carlo) Hengst

    Thank you, Ms. May, for your wisdom and courage and tireless determination.
    Carlo.

  • Julie Berry

    Thank you so much for speaking out.

  • Mel

    This is fkn insane! Why doesn’t the speaker understand what her plea is and rectify the situation with the house? WE ARE DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF HARPER DEAL GOES THROUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mel

    Obviously, she is the only sane one as I can see it. Harper must have pocketed at least a million or 2 with this deal. SAVE US!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob Campbell

    Thank you Elizabeth May. Three cheers for Elizabeth May. Keep doing the good job that you have begun. Rob Campbell

  • Katie

    You rock Elizabeth! Must also add your speech on the legislative grounds in Victoria was awesome. Thank-you for your voice.

  • http://twitter.com/LPEGardner Les Gardner

    Thanks; we needed clarification for some time people do not know the severity and urgency of this to react and get word out. We are – excuse the language – fu&ked by this.

  • http://twitter.com/LPEGardner Les Gardner

    Thanks; we needed clarification for some time people do not know the severity and urgency of this to react and get word out. We are – excuse the language – fu&ked by this.

  • Brian Ball

    This is so fucked up!

  • Nicole

    So proud of you, Elizabeth. Thank you for being concerned for Canadians.

  • Drew Glover

    There are a lot of us behind you Elizabeth, if only all our voices could be congregated and heard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Shea/100002023536861 Greg Shea

    OMG! And to think that the TPP, the NAFTA “on steroids”, will do this for other countries in the “ring of fire”! The U.S. is about to elect a “new” president. At least in Canada, eh, you don’t have to been born here to be Prime Minister. Go, Elizabeth, Go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Shea/100002023536861 Greg Shea

    OMG! And to think that the TPP, the NAFTA “on steroids”, will do this for other countries in the “ring of fire”! The U.S. is about to elect a “new” president. At least in Canada, eh, you don’t have to been born here to be Prime Minister. Go, Elizabeth, Go!

  • Linda Hoechstetter

    Mr. Harper:
    This Canada- China (FIPA) agreement, along with the intended purchase of F35′s, along with many of the reductions in spending and loss of jobs as a result through Action Canada Plan, prove your government to be very poor business managers. Along with poor business management, which you contend makes your party the best choice for government of Canada, is your high-handed, anti democratic approach to government. This treaty, as it is written, is not in our country’s interests at all.
    Yours truly,
    Linda Hoechstetter

  • E. McAuley

    Elizabeth May is right. This is an appalling and underhanded sell out. It gives the store to China and does nothing for Canada. The provinces should be banging down the door of Stephen Harper. Please everyone, keep writing to your MP and the members of the International Trade Committee. This deal must be stopped.

  • George Atkinson

    Not suprising ,considering Harper is a follower and believer in Milton Friedman’s disastrous “shock doctrine” economics.An economic policy that destroyed many counties and it appears that or prime minister is willing to sacrifice our coun try too.

  • Yanni

    Thank you Elzabeth. Now can we get some other MPs to wake up?

  • Taymarah McAwe

    Keep up the great work, Elizabeth! … we are supporting you BIG time!

  • Tanya

    thank you!!!

  • Islandkaren

    Good job Liz … stay on them!!

  • Sarika

    WELL SAID, ELIZABETH. Thank god you’re there speaking on behalf of Canadians.

  • Lissa in Val-David, Qc

    Bravo.. continuer dans cette direction quoi qu’il advient. Vous êtes dans le juste.

  • Vindicator

    Great job Elizabeth, lots of gumption and courage but as much as it pains me to say this, Canada is no longer a country, it is as all countries are, listed on the US SEC Securities Exchange Commission web site as a COMPANY! We’ve already been SOLD OUT by Zionist Jewish Stephen Harper who won his majority with their political connections and our ignorance to see the coming signs. The Zionists own us all and the entire world. Better Wake Up while you still can. If we don’t fight back soon, it’s Game Over! Zionist controlled U.S. and Israel control every country and all politics including UN and NATO! They are listed in the bible as the “GREAT BEAST” of coming Revelations! Obama is just a Zionist puppet as is Romney and Harper.

  • Josée Lavigne, Qc

    Merci Mme. May. J’aimerais vous voir premier-ministre du Canada. Je voterais bien volontier pour vous.

  • Chris

    Keep on fighting!!! We nee more GREEN Party in Canada and less of those who put business interests first.

  • Keith Erickson

    Thank you for standing up. Thank you for speaking out. Thank you for providing me with the information.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

    I am so glad that someone is out there showing us how the Harper Government is trying to destroy our country. If we don’t get rid of Harper soon this country will no longer be Canada

  • jamie Scott

    Elizabeth, that was 60 seconds of pure patriotic fire. Bravo. I don’t hand out praise to our MP’s very often, as it is very often undeserved. But full credit where its due. On this issue – you deserve the support of all free men. I ran as an independent in the last federal election, and independent I will stay. But I offer this video of a speech I gave last week at the BC Legislature as proof that even the most hardline conservative-minded men amongst us would gladly rally around you on the issue of national sovereignty – which must be maintained at all costs. Keep pushing hard on this, and we’ll ALL have your back. Jamie Scott. Please review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5KDfEf_63c

  • judy walker

    Where is the CBC and an investigative journalist?

  • Jean Brunet

    Do you know wat is hapening in Quebec province? Yes Corruption. I dont think that we are alone, in the world to bee like that; I mean our leaders as yours are ¨money lovers¨. Mr Harper is certainely not stupid so why does he do that? To ask the question and ansered it is the same thing dont you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.proulx.90 Patricia Proulx

    I have been going through all these statements and I am wondering why most are not allowing people to know who they are are they afraid to show their faces in case someone gets angry at them. I am not afraid to let them know who I am and what I look like as I am saying it as it is and I am not afraid to do so at least they can see I am not afraid to use my real name. If the Government wants to come after me they can as they can’t hurt mer any more than they already have other than to bury me

  • Rachel

    Thank you Elizabeth I wish there was more people looking out for our country the way you do. You us give hope even when democracy is clearly failing.

  • Rachel

    Thank you Elizabeth I wish there was more people looking out for our country the way you do. You us give hope even when democracy is clearly failing.

  • Amie K

    Bravo Elizabeth!! Thank you for doing the work on this vital issue and bringing it to the attention of Canadians.

  • Amie K

    Bravo Elizabeth!! Thank you for doing the work on this vital issue and bringing it to the attention of Canadians.

  • Worried Canadian

    I’ve posted this, and a few other letters from you, on my blog sites to spread the word.

  • lavimem

    “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of
    the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most
    people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in
    return”

  • Wendy Holm

    Bravo Elizabeth! Canadians are squarely behind you… LEAD ON GIRL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benoitrobin.lessard Benoît-Robin Lessard

    Vive le Québec libre!

  • Maxiview

    Thank you Elizabeth for always standing up for our eroding
    democracy! Shame on Andrew Sheer for allowing the Harper government to stifle
    decent. People need to

    continue writing and petitioning to the government,
    local MP against this Chinese state-owned takeover of our sovereignty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=889420586 Geoffrey King

    I have always told my sons to learn Chinese, not French! For surely we will be taken over by the Chinese government, not by force but by trade and immigration. Here we go with the start of it all. Thank you, Elizabeth for speaking up!! Maybe we will still have a chance if the Harper government will wake up!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnny.grummian Johnny Grummian

    Stop this deal. Period. It is high time the average Canadian be heard over the din of the elite. Keep up the good work.

  • David Peat

    As below – I appreciate your honesty, transparency and passion. Keep it up! IF ONLY WE HAD OTHER MEMBERS FROM ALL PARTIES LIKE YOURSELF!

  • Travis

    thank you for fighting this treasonous deal.
    FIPA , Northern Gateway and a Pink slip need to be shoved up Harpers ass.

  • Paul

    Well done, Elizabeth! But we are the architects of our own demise. Consistently Canadians have supported Chinese enterprises by direct investment–just have a look at the investment portfolio of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. Such investments lead the casual observer to the conclusion that we support increased financial and economic integration with China. Public service pension funds from British Columbia support the major players in Chinese industry and resource exploitation.

  • Simon

    Ugh, sounds like such a stupid treaty.

  • Johanna

    Good Luck Elizabeth and also Thank You!
    What is it with our representatives? Can they not think? I already signed the AVAAZ petition.

  • Josée

    La traduction en français

    de l’interprète est vraiment mauvaise. Elle laisse croire que vous ne savez pas tout à fait ce que vous dîtes… Elle met des hésitations où il n’y en a pas et des redites qui n’y sont pas.

  • Jamie Scott

    Maybe the best approach would be to quickly switch Queen Elizabeth’s – from Windsor to May – and then Queen Elizabeth (May), Queen of Canada – could dissolve parliament, dismiss the Prime Minister, the Governor General, the Senate and every single member of the Liberal/NDP/Conservative coalition who’ve said nothing as our ‘Leader’ sells us out to communist China. Give Her the temporary Head of State powers to instantly fix this mess, and begin the process of re-constructing a new economic and political system – with none of the former members of parliament involved – at all. (The word ‘maybe’ of course, by definition, means ‘maybe not’). I just see hundreds of comments online asking what we could possibly do to stop Stephen Harper. That would stop him next week. If the free men of this country were to walk her into 24 Sussex, it would be Her house. Just a suggestion, Canada. Or, keep your current batch of rulers: QE2, Rothschild, Desmarais, Harper and Xi Jinping. Let them decide everything – as they are now. We decide nothing, except to keep them in power.

  • Micheline Vaillancourt

    Bravo à vous Mme May pour avoir le courage de parler et de dénoncer ces traités -à la sauce chinoise- qui petit à petit grugent notre souveraineté et notre sécurité !

  • Sylvie St-Pierre

    Merci de votre bon travail pour notre pays et surtout de nous communiquer ces informations si importantes.

  • mg

    that is horrifying. Thanks for standing up, yet again, Ms. May. What can we do??

  • Kishori Hutchings

    Go get ‘em Elizabeth – it makes me so mad when this kind of stuff isn’t even discussed in the house – I think Mr. Harper thinks he has full control of this country and can do what he wants – last time I checked this was a democracy – not a dictatorship.

  • john mackenzie

    Thank you, Elizabeth, and well done. That being said, there’s an ironic side to your excellent work. The better you do your job, the more the ‘left’ will be split. The on-going problem that should be faced while time is still on our side, is how to unite the left. If this is not done, there’s a strong danger that Harper will be re-elected. Perhaps you could use some of your energies to bring the 3 parties to a consensus over this danger and come up with a winning strategy. .

  • Cathy

    Elizabeth, you are the only person standing up for Canadians – I agree, you are a modern day hero. Your work inspires so many. We are behind you all the way.

  • Sheryl Hinger

    Thank you Elizabeth. did it do any good? did anyone talk to you later and is there a plan happening to stop this?

  • Jean Brunet

    So lets see how does it works. Scrach my back i’ll scratch your said Harper to China.

  • Sunny

    WHY IS CANADA NEGOTIATING NEW TREATIES WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, WHEN IT CANNOT EVEN HONOUR THE TREATIES MADE WITH OUR FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE?!

  • valerie kennedy

    Thank you. Who else is giving the citizens key information. What brings despair is that you seem to be the only one keeping even the Parliment informed.

  • Diana Wilson

    Thank you for your brave and vital voice on this and so many other important issues, Elizabeth. It’s shameful that Harper is ramming this through without any kind of Parliamentary process, but I am so grateful that we at least have you there fighting to make people aware of what’s going on. And so proud that I was able to cast my vote for you in the last election to help get at least one sane, Green voice into that House of madmen.

  • Colin Read

    Thank you for the energy and patience you have shown in helping make Canadians aware of this near secret deal.

  • Terry L. Brown

    Thank you Elizabeth for being our voice in parliament and representing so many of us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/premilla.pillay.9 Premilla Pillay

    Thank you for a powerful message in a nutshell ! Is it out of fear, ignorance or greed that the government is willing to sell our souls to Chinese foreign investment in Canada that “threatens our security, our sovereignty and our democracy”?

  • Albert Sturm

    This treaty is a scandal in its content and in the underhanded way it is introduced .Thank you for making us aware of it,Ms May.

  • Paul K

    Thank you Elizabeth for being a bright light in a dark place.

  • David E.H. Smith

    Re; The Dangers of “…the most significant treaty of its kind since NAFTA” & its relationship to the arrangements of the executives of Canadian political parties re; The W.A.D. Accord

    Ms. May;
    Re; the tardiness (one month) in receiving the response to your request for a briefing from the Minister of International Trade
    about the Canada-China investment treaty,
    I do not want to use this as an opportunity to remind you that I, et al, am still waiting for your answers to my simplest & most basic questions that I asked you in the early part of this last summer. And, while I had hoped that your answers would contribute my submission to the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Co.’s Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal, & others, we are still waiting. Ms. May, your answers are still important & I, & others, would like to continue to encourage you to answer these questions, et al, in a reasonable amount of time.

    Re; the Canada-China investment treaty; “The Treaty”, when did the executives of the Green party informed you, Ms. May:
    1) of the circumstances that has caused the government of China to use their knowledge about the large (very) compensation in The W.A.D. Accord* in order to protect their government, their companies & organizations and the people of China from it?
    That is to say, the remedies provided in The Treaty are countervailing the arrangements of The Accord & thus, protects the Chinese from the harm of The Accord?
    2) that they were made aware that the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS), et al, had received the information about the Threat Assessment caused by The WAD Accord & how different countries would likely use the information in order to protect their interests, &/or, to promote their interests in Canada?
    And, which are the companies, governments, intelligence organizations that CSIS, et al, wouldn’t want to learn about, &/or, use the information in The WAD Accord to leverage the interests of their clients?
    3) that they were made aware of by CSIS, et al, how Chinese representatives have been trying to bend the ears of MPs about The Accord on the basis of their deep humanitarian concerns that could have been easily avoided earlier rather than “managed” later as the latter would disparage all of the people of China in the eyes of Canadians & in eyes of the global public opinion?
    4) that after the Conservatives loose the next election (& they are “forced” to change their name again) the Green party executives, or another party’s executives, intend to make the Canadian corporations & their shareholders that are benefiting from their lobbying of the executives of the political parties operating in Canada pay, for any of the damages that The Treaty may be said to cause & thereby, render the individual taxpayer harmless?
    5) which companies & natural resource sectors they, the party executives, intend to nationalize in order to secure the jobs, careers & investments of the aforementioned harmless Canadians as a consequence of China’s need to be protected from The WAD Accord, et al?
    6) that the people of Quebec have been warning the executives of the political parties of the unconscionable issues that are addressed in The WAD Accord & if these issues are not reconciled/eliminated then, a sovereign Quebec will avoid the Compensation & the damages created by the Canada-China investment treaty’s?
    and
    7) et al?

    By way of closing, Ms. May, as always I look forward to reading about your thoughts, your feelings, your improvements, etc. to the above & the enclosed.

    Sincerely,

    David E.H. Smith

    *The W.A.D. Accord – see; the reference to access The Accord in the enclosed letter below to Mr. Stewart Phillip

    Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
    & members of B.C..’s First Nations communities,

    I read with some interest your, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, statement vowing civil disobedience if the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal proceeds. And, while the federal government, the Enbridge Co., &/or, et al, may invoke the terms of The W.A.D. Accord, or, just remind you of the terms, in order to get the compliance of the B.C. Chiefs, the most vulnerable band members here & across Canada may approve of The Accord’s terms as they can use it to empower themselves & to eliminate the basis for their poverty, unconscionably high rates of unemployment, suicides, despair, disenchantment, etc.
    And, while there are several other very important reasons why many Native & non Native Canadians, et al, look favorably to The Accord, besides using it:
    1) to re-open the existing land settlements in order to add the relevant provisions for the most the vulnerable members,
    2) in the design of First Nations’ self-governance
    &
    3) et al,
    I’m wondering how much information regarding The W.A. D. Accord, et al, the aforementioned groups have shared with you & some of the other B.C. Chiefs, et al.

    On the other hand, now that The Accord is a matter of the public record, I’m just wondering if you are aware of some of the ways the B.C. Chiefs can use The Accord to preempt the federal government, et al, & thus, maintain most of your power, especially in regard to the NGPipeline proposal.

    You can access a less comprehensive version of The W.A.D. Accord by way of the Letter of Comment submission entitled:

    “Towards a More Informed Opinion regarding the Environmental Impact & Context of the NGP (Pipeline), et al”, Researched & Submitted by D.E.H.S., July 24, 2012 to the Enbridge Co.’s NGP Joint Review Panel.

    http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc/clf-nsi/pblcrgstr-eng.html

    Public Registry; File #A43076
    All letters of comment are under “F”. This comment is available
    under the subfolder “S”.
    Further questions?;
    GatewayProcessAdvisor@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    If you have any problems accessing the aforementioned information, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, you can contact me at:

    David Smith,
    2173 Bradford Ave.,
    Sidney, B.C.
    V8L 2C8,

    or, by e-mail at:

    austquest@hotmail.com
    & I’ll see what I can do about providing it to you.

    Sincerely,

    David E.H. Smith.

    Chief Phillips can be contacted at:
    Vancouver Office:
    500 – 342 Water Street,
    Vancouver, BC, V6B-1B6, CANADA
    Ph: 604.684.0231, Fx: 604.684.572,
    or,
    http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/contact/#axzz25d4hQiDy

  • frances

    Thank you Elizabeth May, for speaking out! The thing is, what can we do? The Harper gov’t gets away with practically everything it wants to do.

  • Locutux

    Merci pour votre vigilance Mme May!

  • Jackie

    Thank you for all your hard work. You are truly one of the few politicians left in this country who actually represents the people!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.flores43 Fred Flores

    You rock!

  • Dale McIntyre

    Thank you for your tireless efforts to communicate to the Canadian people what is being swept under the carpet by the Harper government. I am so glad you have a seat.

  • harry

    Get real Harper. Panda bears are not worth this deal going through.
    We should send them dean del maestro
    Harry

  • Elsy

    Bravo, Elizabeth! Are you the only elected representative with the courage to face up and speak up to this outrageous, underhanded agreement? I feel a very sad Canadian.

  • Jill McGinn

    Go Grrl! We’re behind you!

  • Raisealittlehell

    This treaty is not only more beneficial to Chinese investors in Canada than Canadian investors in China it sounds more beneficial to Chinese investors in Canada than it is to Canadian investors in CANADA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594720740 Wanda Lee

    I’m very glad I voted for her. Now, what can we do to help her?

  • helens

    What I want to know is why Harper wants this? What is in it for him and what he thinks of as good for Canada. It’s mystifying… please explain what their thinking is to me also. I couldn’t agree more that it’s a bad thing for Canada but I really want to understand why Harper does this. I know he has undermined environmental agencies because it’s not part of “god’s plan” but how on earth can this be justified in his addled brain. Please someone take pity on me and describe this thinking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Spike.Ghost Jean-François Martel

      he probably gets money out of this. it’s probably something that will benefit the riches but no one else.

  • helens

    Can it really be so he can get a few bucks? How sad… and unfathomable that he would sell our entire country for a couple dollars. I’d really prefer he rob a bank.

  • Bob Boase

    Chinese state corporations are in fact not ‘owned’ by the government but by the Communist Party. If CNOOC purchases NEXEN a major Canadian company will be owned and controlled by China’s communist party. It is hard to believe this will be in Canada’s interest.

  • Maggie

    I agree! Keep up the fight!

  • http://www.facebook.com/loreen.walker.5 Loreen Walker

    Thank you, Elizabeth May!

  • Lorell

    Right on, Elizabeth! How many comentors here are willing to give up their SUV’s, motor boats, snowmobiles, cell phones (which use gold and other metals extracted by slave labour), laptops etc etc.? I am grateful to Ms. May but we all need to look at how we live and how it drives the market for these commodities.

  • James

    Thank you for standing up Elizabeth. What steps can we as citizens do to stop this treaty?

  • Melody

    Thanks Elizabeth

  • http://twitter.com/MelindaJHuntley Melinda J. Huntley

    Elizabeth! you are inspiring! Thank you. where do we go from here?

  • ken

    Dear Elizabeth thank you for speaking up for the people of Canada on this issue. The Harper government’s agreement with China borders on the treasonous and will only benefit oligarchs and cleptocrats. Thank you for assuming the responsibility. Please continue your good and passionate work on behalf of Canadians who love their country.

  • Stenson

    I certainly think all Canadians should be terrified of this deal with China. Since the
    conservatives got in power we have been losing democracy and our MPs are not even allowed to represent their constituents .Shameful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nmongeau Carol Mongeau

    Simply appalling what the Prime minister is attempting to ram through parliament. Thank you Elizabeth May for your declarations on Canadas behalf!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dinnae Dinnae Galloway

    thank YOU Elizabeth!!! <3

  • 8pjac

    Will we ever have democracy in Canada; a democracy that is participatory, one in which the will of the majority is reflected versus the dicta-tory-al arrogance to which Canadian citizens are presently being ‘subjected’?

  • Dallas Hazen

    straight goods, The PC`S are my choice of government, but this is not democratic, and this democracy has to lay down the cards for canadians, (whom are most affected by bargains such as these), so the fair judical and will of the majority is considered and abided by. That is why we voted you into govt. therfore, heed the peoples, do not rush, consider the implications, Long after the monies gained from the agreement are spent we will as canadians be dealing with the consequences of rushing in and giving up what is ours, and can be used to our benefit over a long term. I am not gisagreeing completely, but we need to maintain an upper hand over our resources, and stay involved as canadians with some things which will affect even up to the time of our children, and pollution is also to be controlled. Money is of no use to us once it is foolishly spent..

  • Joanna in Dunan

    Thank you again Elizabeth! Keep socking it to those b…….. s behind closed doors, handing over our Nation to the Chinese communist State! I’ve also sent my own 5-cents worth down to the PMO and it ain’t polite! Long live your courage and your dedication, never mind your amazing energy!! Joanna DR

  • Joanna in Duncan

    PS, and I listened to you today, Ms. May, on CBC Almanac & heard your clip… and yes! Why aren’t the Liberals AND especially the NDP Leader of the Opp. raising wholly Hell on this issue??! Why has national CBC been silent on this?! Oh yes, govt. funding… We the People, all over Canada, need to go ballistic on this treacherous deal so tell everyone you know what’s coming down the (oops) pipe from the new East Germany (i.e. Ottawa!) Harper does not own Canada! We own Parliament! JD

  • John Thomson

    Reminds me of that photograph of the single Chinese standing in front of a line of tanks. Elizabeth May is standing up to the juggernaut of a democratically(?) elected dictatorship. Good luck to her!

  • Renate

    I guess our country is a Democracy in theory only. What happened to Canadians having a say in what will and will not happen to our freedoms, livelihoods and futures. What gives the prime Minister of this country the right to Dictate to the electorate what is good for us. Since when did being Prime Minister give you the tight to rule over us. I think it is unconstitutional to go ahead with this deal when the tax paying public have not been able to be heard. I say I want a referendum on this issue. I look at the atrocious human rights violations of China and its appalling environmental record and question what person in their right mind would want to do business with this Country

  • Wendy Eastgaard

    I am sure you, Elizabeth May, are winning more votes than ever before! Job well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JOHNHALSTAD John Halstad

    This is crap, no trade agreement is worth selling our sovereignty for. The natural resources of our country in our provinces and territories belong to the people of the country not companies neither domestic or foreign. Elected officials are elected by the people to represent the interests of the people of this contry not foreign or domestic companies and or investors. All Canadians need to stand together and have both the fact and a voice in these decisions.

  • Patricia Anne Elford

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, ELIZABETH!! YOU ARE NEEDED!

  • Michael Myroniuk

    I love this chick, Elizabeth May should be our Minister of the Environment! I have a feeling it will not be with the Green party though, but rather some new generation political party that will inspire the on coming revolution.

  • NotaFanofConservatives

    Well, at least someone’s doing their job in Parliament; too bad nobody else is… I guess it’s up to us to ensure that our country remains “True North Strong and Free…” to coin a phrase.

  • Jeff I

    You have great courage to raise this with such concise eloquence. Thank you for standing up for Canadians.

  • Ruth Edgcumbe

    Keep after them, Ms. May!! How dare anything of this magnitude be surreptitiously put through without Canadians knowing about it and demanding that it be dropped immediately!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Glenys.Morgan.Photography Glenys Morgan

    Thank you for your efforts in an incredibly important issue that Mr. Harper is trying to breeze past the Canadian citizens.

  • Chairman Harper

    Thank you for standing up Elizabeth May. Stay strong and don’t give up. I think you just earned my vote.

  • Concerned Canadian

    Excellent work Elizabeth.! What is this Govt. thinking, if they ever think clearly at all ! Or more likely, who is getting the payouts, and whose pockets are being lined with Dirty Money, behind closed doors! Somehow this government seems to think the population they serve is ignorant and that we have no idea what is going on. Big mistake! We do know and we care about our beautiful country. What an embarrassment to us all, when these elected politicians, who supposedly have the people’s best interests at heart, sell us out to a foreign power. Shame on you Mr Harper. You have lost all common sense, and the greed and power of your position has truly clouded your vision and judgement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.brisson.50 Dominic Brisson

    How can this be possible?????I’m ,shocked,frustrated and angry!!! Nobody seems to know about this really important issue.We don’t hear anything about it in the news!!!!
    WHAT CAN WE DO??? Elizabeth you have to tv and radio news and give’em interviews! Contact the all the provinces prime minister ( but Alberta),rally them to fight agaisnt Harper! Can’t we ask for a court injonction to stop this,as citizen??? As nobody is consulted and as it’s of prime importance and unconstitutional and anti-democratic?
    i’m boiling!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.kemball Harry Kemball

    Why are we doing biz with Red Chinese Communists thugs? Have we accepted Red Chinese murderers as biz partners? Shame on our Government for entertaining this stupid idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.larsen3 Fredrick J Larsen

    Isn’t the Canadian government supposed to act on the behalf of Canadians? More and more, it appears that the Harper government is in the pocket of corporations.

  • guillermo

    Thank you Elizabeth !!! from Oakville Ontario we support you as well.

    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. !!! FOREVER…

  • CLEAR

    ARE YOU FLOODING THE MEDIA WITH LETTERS???????????????

  • Donald Lovegrove

    Treason is defined as the betrayal of a trust or confidence;
    a breach of faith; disloyalty or treachery to one’s country; or impairing the
    well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance. The very person whose
    responsibility it is to protect Canadian resources is selling us out to China. So, do the actions of Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet the criteria for treason?

  • Mike Higgins

    Ma’am, I wish more in the house would stand up for what is right for all Canadians! I truly feel that you have our best interests at heart! Thank-you, and keep fighting for us!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.dunn.5074 Ron Dunn

    Thank goodness we have Elizabeth May! If only EVERYONE would listen. Keep up the fight for us Elizabeth., Mrs. D

  • H. Murphy

    With gratitude for your straightforward approach Elizabeth. I hope it helps get a groundswell of opposition to this sellout of our sovereignty and our resources.
    H.Murphy

  • jamesginn

    So how is this FIPA different from all the rest ?

  • Di

    Thumbs up on this one! I don’t want anything to do with the Chinese government owning any more of our precious country until they prove themselves to be a democratic country. That will probably take another century, unfortunately for the Chinese citizens who are in the middle or ever-growing poverty class.

  • Susie Drapeau

    Peut-on contesté? Vu que les provinces n’ont pas donné leur accord. Donc c’est un manque de démocratie. Je ne suis pas daccord avec ce traité.

  • ailurina

    Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I have been in deep emotional pain in the past few days because of this threat to the integrity of our (my wife’s and my) adopted
    country and to our children and grandchildren. I am so glad to know that I am not alone. I wonder if the effects of the agreement upon the people of Canada, our security, and the fit between the terms of the agreement itself and the actual behaviour of the economy of a society such as ours have been effectively spelled out at any time.

    Wish you the best of luck, Elizabeth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/may.juayanghooper May Juayang-Hooper

    Keep fighting for us pls..

  • ed

    all I can think to say immediately following watching this is….holy shit…how did we get here!

  • Carol

    Too bad Canadians don’t have as much interest in our politics as the USA. Maybe if more people educated themselves and took an interest we wouldn’t have such morons running our country. We voted the jerk in.

  • Karen Letendre

    Wow – only 60 seconds on such an important subject. And you were only given the material an hour before. The “Harper Government” is throwing this country to the wolves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.powers.566 Kathy Powers

    I am sick in my stomach to think this is what my country Canada is becoming, will be soon calling it chanada

  • linda

    go girl!!!!!!

  • Paul

    this is not a particularly balanced argument…of course this is no surprise considering the source. why do you folks sensationalize the negatives and completely ignore any positives and benefits that a trade deal offers? with a typically simple-minded, one-sided, and over-excited point of view the left destroys its credibility once again.

  • Prairie Woman

    To those who suggested they’d vote for Elizabeth May if she led the Liberal Party: why would she?! She’s a one-in-a-million politician because of her combination of brilliance, integrity, warmth, accessibility, and vision. She’s a rare politician because of her Green Party philosophy. SHE doesn’t need to change! It’s time for us to change and vote Green and make Elizabeth May our Prime Minister! We desperately need a leader like Elizabeth May–someone intelligent and sane who can steer our poor foundering ship. (2015: Get out and vote!)

  • Victoria Resident

    We are being bulldozed. Thank you for speaking up for us all. Keep at it- our beautiful country is being sold right out from under us. To only allow you 60 seconds is a disgrace, and further proof that the Government is trying to sneak this through silently, unnoticed. Keep speaking up for us, Elizabeth! Thank You!

  • Dianne

    Thank you for all you do, I love who you are and what you are doing for our country.

  • A W HENRY

    When do I have to start learning to speak Chinese? Will the Federal Government be paying for it? And also just when did Canada go up for sale? And further more WHERE ARE ALL THOSE SO CALLED CANADIANS WHO DO NOTHING BUT BITCH ABOUT THE USA? WHAT CHINA PAY YOU TO KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT OR ARE TO SHIT SCARED TO SPEAK OUT? OH IT’S NOT THE USA WHO IS TRYING TO GET SOMETHING SO WHY COMPLAIN LIKE A BUNCH OF SUCKS! SO IF YOU WANT THIS STOPPED, CALL, EMAIL, WRITE A LETTER OR STOP BY THEIR RIDING OFFICE AND TELL HIM OR HER CANADA IS NOT FOR SALE. ALSO REMIND THEM THAT A ELECTION IS COMING SOONER OR LATER AND YOU WILL NOT FORGET HOW THEY VOTED IN PARLIAMENT ON THIS TREATY. IF I HAVE HURT YOUR FEELINGS WELL SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.plante.39 Janice Plante

    I would like to know how much money and perks are being put into Harper’s pocket (or his wife’s portfolio) for these reckless decisions that are not in Canadian’s interests, but those of the Chinese Government. WTF is going on? And why is only 1 MP standing up to this insanity?
    Are the rest of them sucking up their paycheque and not even doing their jobs? The whole lot needs to be fired.

  • Scott Macmillan

    Thanks so much for keeping on top of the conservative curve balls. I hope your efforts will make a difference, we sure need it.

  • Mae

    I cannot believe our government is so eager to sell our souls. Thanks for going to bat, Elizabeth.

  • Prosperity At Any Price

    Since we have a tyranny of the majority, why do we need a parliament? We can send all the MPs home after an election and let Colonel Harper run the show because those on the government side are too timid to exercise their right to oversee the executive and hold them accountable.They are nothing but a bunch of trained seals. The only time they buck the system is when abortion is involved, nothing else seems to stir their consciences. Shame on them.

    The system is broken. Stephen Harper is trying to turn the clock back to 1867 and let the provinces and big business run everything, and in the process he is making a good case for getting rid of the Federal government entirely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdilcock Jean Anne Dilcock

    Thank you Elizabeth. At least there is one MP that care,s about this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mgpunke Monica George Punke

    Thank you, Elizabeth for being a voice of discernment and wisdom, not to speak of courage, in an institution that is being demolished in front of our eyes.

  • HELGA E. RIEMER

    THANK YOU ELIZABETH, FOR STANDING UP FOR US AND FOR CANADA. WHAT KIND OF LEGACY DOES MR. HARPER WANT TO LEAVE FOR HIS CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN? O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE!

  • Joe Leahy

    Your message conveys an historically altering change in the development and extraction of Canada’s natural resources in how multinationals will have complete control over the resource, the labor and materials to extract that resource, and Canada gains only a ‘royalty’. If State owned Chinese corporations hold the pipeline and oil terminal on the west coast and the natural gas plants and terminals on the east coast, based on what we know about FIPA, we have little control of the exploitation of these two resources. What about future ‘deals’ involving our resources other than oil and gas, are they to be dealt with in the same fashion by ‘arbitration’. China’srecord of exploitation is well documented and well hidden behind off-shore corporations. Recent news media has brought to our attention the Ottawa ‘computer hacking’ by China.The reciprocation of arbitration within China in the dispute process will be as plugged as it already is. This Canada China trade agreement with the Scotia and Manulife backing it smacks of favoritism. I do not see the access to China in trade and business easing in the next years let alone with an extension to 31 years. Also, of note the Prime Minister and the media add’s relay the terms ‘jobs and prosperity’, the jobs, under FIPA will be for offshore workers, as I note the verbage is not Canadian jobs, and not Canadian prosperity.

  • Mark

    Unfortunately, the inevitable problem with a capitalist society is that sooner or later those with the most capital make all of the rules, in order to secure yet more capital. Not that a communist society is any better, sadly.

  • Richard Tilley

    I’m am becoming more convinced each day that Harper was paid off by China on his last visit there.

  • susan gordon

    So glad that you’re in parliament

  • Johnny McLean

    Don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop, we’re here, we’re with you!!!!

  • Gina Morris

    Thank you Elizabeth, you are the voice for people who know that there must be a better way forward for Canada. In all honesty, Stephen Harper and his government must think that they are doing the right thing, knowing that we have resources, but not the funds nor the manpower to make full use of the riches we have. Sadly, this means looking to foreign investors, which opens up all of the risks that you state in your 60 second address (you, and the message you are sharing, definitely deserve more time than this). Thank you for fighting for the time that you got in the House. In those 60 seconds you were able to convey the concerns of many of us who have just begun to learn about what seems to be the desperate moves our government are making, given the current global economic picture. No one can blame a government for looking for solutions to the problems that our country could come to face, given the struggles we are seeing economically elsewhere in the world. Just the same, Canadians need to be a part of the discussion, we should have the right to help decide the future of our country. There must be a way that we can do what the Harper government is hoping to achieve, without all of the risks to our security, sovereignty and our democracy. What are your thoughts on growing Canada’s wealth without the help of foreign involvement of this kind? My guess is that the only way to stop these kinds of plans (the ones that Harper and his government are making) is to come up with alternative ones. Please let us know what we can do for our country – the responsibility lies with all of us. Thank you once again, and I hope that your message causes the government to take a second look at this treaty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Schutt/100002263572070 Stephen Schutt

    You need to be running the country! Most of the rest in government are unfortunately corporate pawns. There is a reason you are there, I just hope what you said lands on someone’s ear that isn’t deaf to the people…

  • http://www.facebook.com/a.louise.leblanc A. Louise LeBlanc

    I am not big on Politices but everyone that has a minute should take a look at this important briefing to parliment, on Sep. 27, by Elizabeth May.

  • Livid in BC

    How can we protest this? Is there a petition somewhere? Thank you for pointing it out to us. I did not know this sort of thing could be done without and discussion at all! Well to sell the country Harper….!

  • Serenex

    Has anybody even considered the environmental consequences of this treaty? China is leading in the race for global warming, with the highest jump in emissions. Helping them increase industry in a country that has little or no respect for the environment will only make the problem worst and such a treaty will only further increase there ability to say no to any efforts to stop global warming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gail.nestel.1 Gail Nestel

    Thank-you Elizabeth!

  • Leonard D Aylward

    Glad to hear your comments. When and where to we get to review the same technical briefing and or the actual Canada-China agreement?

  • Barbara Hazlehurst

    I highly commend you Elizabeth for speaking out on this issue. The future for our country is frightening. There must be a way for opposition against what is transpiring in government. Everyone in this country must be called to action.

  • Sandra -

    Shame on us and bless you Elizabeth May. Feeling very isolated in the conservative boonies as were the few of us that turned out to protest Bill C38. You are our hero.

  • Sally Allan

    BRAVO Elizabeth. You are our knight in shining armour! Thank you for standing up for Canada. It is very distressing to witness the dismantling of all that we as Canadians hold dear, What can we do about this? How can we stop them? My solution is that we harass the conservative back benchers and demand that they stand up for Canada, and defy Stephen Harper. Remember David Wilken.MP from northern BC. He had to back down Patricial Proulx is quite right.

  • Sharon Warren

    We don’t have to belong to the Green Party to agree with Elizabeth on this one!!!!!!!

  • Gregor Brash

    I think some of the people here are not paying attention! The NDP and the Liberals have been on this topic for weeks now!There is a petition circulating.Get on Board!!

  • Wayne Van Dyke

    Thank you for speaking out for us. We need more like you speaking out.

  • s oliff

    What is Harper up to with this? Does he know?

  • Lois

    Keep china in china!!! It’s bad enough we can’t find many made in Canada goods already

  • Maddie Taylor

    A very rare breed in this country, someone who is prepared to stand up and defend its interests and not follow the herd. We are lions led by donkeys, thank goodness for people like you Elizabeth

  • Boybluee

    Bravo Elizabeth, more politicians like yourself are needed across this country……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.hindson.3 Sandra Hindson

    Please inform your friends what is happening re: Canada China Trade Agreement. This is an urgent message as it will be ratified October 31st. Email your local MP and ask for a delay to allow for public scrutiny of this trade agreement that as it stands now threatens our sovereignty. Help to restart the democratic process in Canada! We can do it only together. May the Light of reason shine in parliament.

  • Majestic Phoenix

    Thank you Elizabeth for bringing this to light in the House of Commons!!!! Hopefully it will help with the situation at hand. It is my hope that something will change…and that we can all come together and change it before something drastic and economically damaging happens to our country!!!

    As one other said….you are a Modern Day Hero!!!! That means my hero too!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642510032 Tracey Saxby

    Elizabeth for PM! That is a dream that I hope to see come true.

  • woodboot from AB

    Elizabeth May, the only one of óur 308 MPs with balls. (Ms. May, it’s a compliment, really.) Well done, thank you!

  • Angela Ings

    I will vote green from here on we really need leaders who have and stand up and speak the truth with your kind of courage . Yaaa Elizabeth !!!

  • Rod Hill

    Well done (as usual)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.black.16 Kathy Black

    VERY WELL SAID. THANK YOU.

  • mike kowalchuk

    Elizabeth,its very scary to think that our country can be so mindlesly turned over to the C hines,thank you for taking stand on this so importaint issue.Keep it stong.

  • mike kowalchuk

    Elizabeth,its very scary to think that our country can be so mindlesly turned over to the C hines,thank you for taking stand on this so importaint issue.Keep it stong.

  • Hester Higgs

    Heil Harper! How can we stop the fiend?

  • Norma Scott

    Thank you Elizabeth, well done, we need more like you.

  • Sue McT

    Elizabeth – you have the backing of our group in Sidney. We deeply appreciate your effort and concern on behalf of the citizens of the entire country.

  • Harper’s nuts

    Thank god your in Office ! Your truly the voice of the people and we are very appreciative and proud of you! Way to go Elizabeth we support you all the way!!!!!!

  • llama

    I am so glad Elizabeth that you got elected, about time we had proper representation in Parliament, we need more leaders like you. I have just switched to Green by your leadership. Wish you were in our riding.
    I listened to your comments on Mark Forsyth’s CBC show the other day and was greatly impressed with your presentation of the facts and especially the information of what China is doing around the rest of the world by legal action against countries who have similar deals with China. WE have to stay out of this deal, slow things down on our development. Maybe we will have time to train out own workers then.
    Brian

  • http://twitter.com/MarjatK99 margaretha Keranen

    Canadian taxpayers are going to be on hook to pay for any problems that will come sooner or later with this agreement, which is giving all Canadas’ resources to China for their benefit. What is going to remain for Future Canadian citizens; no resources, no jobs, no clean water as Mr. Harper is selling everything to foreign powers! There will be an end to all oil in the future, when every person in the world can afford to have a car or two to drive around.

  • Janice Mitchell

    Elizabeth, your are our voice…and we stand behind you 100%. Thank you .

  • http://twitter.com/sturgeonguide Silversides_Fishing

    Harper is a true criminal, worse than the mafia and similar to the Emporer from Star Wars. He must be destroyed

  • http://www.facebook.com/manueljsoler Manuel Soler

    Elizabeth, I am proud that at least one elected representative in the House of Commons has the guts and courage to speak up on this issue that threaten our sovereignty and the very fabric of our existence and our way of life. This is the “HIDDEN AGENDA” many of us spoke about before the last election and that Harper denied over and over. This is just another attempt of this government to help his cronies and very rich supporters now and then leaving the mess to the rest of Canadians to pay for later.

  • NaiveMuch

    Thank you! I really wish something like that would air on CBC news

  • robert leonard

    Elizabeth, Thank God we have someone who cares so much about Canadians. I continue to see Harper whose motives are shady and above reproach. Shame on you Mr. Harper. Robert Leonard

  • Cherish

    On several public forums and in letters to MP’s I have asked for the immediate resignation of the Harper Gov’t, on the grounds of non-confidence. Indeed, I am quite confident that the present government does NOT have Canadian interests as priority.
    Thank you, Elizabeth, for continuing to fight on, as always, despite the odds. You are, truly, heroic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183366409 Dave Mick

    Is this even a democracy we live in? It’s a joke that these politicians are “representing us”

  • http://twitter.com/MsJoannaBull Joanna Bull

    You are a light and an inspiration to those of us who would prefer not to give up on our politicians. Keep fighting the good fight! Thank you for having the spine to stand up for us!!

  • Lynn Doucette

    This treaty deserves more dicusssion before we’re locked in for decades!

  • Lucia Dolcetti

    May-day. May-day. May-day. Thank you Elizabeth. Indeed we are in distress and so many of us don’t even know…

  • Judy Smith

    Thank you so much Elizabeth!

  • RF Smith

    More foul policies by the bloody-minded neo Cons. Are any of us surprised? How these fools got elected is beyond me! Good work, Elizabeth; I’m glad someone is speaking up for Canada in the House!

  • pete T

    Many thanks Elizabeth for your clear, rational voice.

  • Marie-Paule Lacasse

    Plea……….se don’t give up Ms. May!!!

  • Gail C.

    Thank you for speaking about this. It is sad and frightening to think that the trade agreement could be pushed through with no opposition. I cannot believe that Canadians want this.

  • Joanne Orbeck

    Keep up the good work Elezabeth on Harpers inside secrets Thank you and I am behind you 110%.

  • Joyce Relyea

    Hurrah for Elizabeth May. I cannot believe Harper can sell out our precious Canada. He must be stopped ! we will not survive another 3 years of his dictatorship1

  • Andy & Susan Reddekop

    Bravo, Elizabeth!! Thank you for your work in keeping us, and the House, informed on issues such as this. We find it incredible that we, as a nation, are at this place in our democratic history.
    Andy & Susan Reddekop

  • Raging Retiree

    Keep it up Elizabeth! The message is getting out there—lots of traffic in editorial letters of many newspapers. Thank you thank you for being there for us.

  • Chris Flood

    Our country is being sold out from under us.

  • Joe

    Thank you, please keep trying for all of us!!

  • Jay Morand

    Elizabeth! We need more people like you to beat down the “EGO” or is it the ignorance of our political leader, Keep up the good work.

  • Laurent

    I know that CHINA would never allow Canada or any other country the same privilege. Ms May is right this goes against our National Interest and our security.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.mclean.319 Judith McLean

    even those w short attention spans should take notice of this. It’s a LOOOONG TERM IMPACT here folks

  • XKR

    Agreed, a crap deal for Canada, but the treaty will come into effect with the Conservatives, there’s no stopping it. But, after 2015, when the Conservatives are history, I would urge the government of the time to simply break the treaty, abandon it. It would not be the first time that a Canadian government reneged on a treaty.

  • Kelsey Morin

    Thank you for being a representative voice of Canadian citizens such as myself.

  • Ashley

    great speech about the insecure laws we have on Canadian commodities.
    Harper cronyism has to end and all the influence the oil industry has in the western provinces to push such a short sighted and unbeneficial act through without democratic process.

  • Dianne Hlady

    Keep up the good work we are with you on this .

  • Just Asking

    My understanding is that trade agreements generally mean that a foreign company needs to be treated within the same laws as a domestic one. That is to say, they don’t get special privileges, they get equal treatment.

    The Chinese companies still have to comply with Canadian law, no? As such, why is it wrong for them to have a “right to complain and charge for damages” if they have been treated incorrectly, just as a domestic company could?

  • Dom

    You rock, and I’m happy that you are sounding the bell on this one. I doubt that the conservative cronies will change their vote, because most of them probably have so much blackmail farmed up against them holding them in sway that they wouldn’t dare step out of rank…

  • Maxiview

    Thank you for your tenacity and courage Elizabeth. You said it all in 60 seconds!

    Also you were the only MP that went in prepared and able to explain in depth, issues on this 2nd disgusting omnibus bill, on opening day; and media ate it up! WTG!

  • Andy Thibeault

    yay,liz,,,that is the cutest thing ever.i gotta download that.”but,where the jobs at? so can buy american or canadian product,and the stuff should be discounted with good quality and quantity’s.”

  • Aaron

    Keep it up! You have my support!

  • Diana

    What is wrong with Canadians that we would allow such a harmful tready to be enacted. Why are our PM AND MPs not waking up to this nightmare. Heavens help us because it is really sad when your country is sold on stupity. Thanks Elizabeth for the courage to fight this on our behalf. Lets hope they listen!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michel.gadoury1 Michel Gadoury

    Robin Hood will strike back against the Sheriff

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.archer.963 Renee Archer

    Thank you so much Elizabeth for standing up for Canada. We need more Members of Parliament like you.

  • c rystal

    We voted for you and now are happy we did. go girl, protect our country – Harper certainly is not.

  • Barbara Wiebe

    Thank you, Elizabeth May, for drawing attention(in Ottawa…and on line) to this serious matter. Your one-minute here is potent and right on!

  • Judi Richards

    What was the response to your very important attack on the China Canada trade deal, no Canadian wants ???

  • Wayne Soon

    Spot on Elizabeth! One wonders if we really live in a democracy when our government acts in secret like this.

  • Art Price

    Thank goodness for the urgent voices of clarity and rationality such as Elizabeth May’s; many thanks to you for standing up for what the majority of Canadians really believe in, including democratic values.

  • JohnB

    With attitude like the Conservative signing this treaty, I feel like I am living under Mao’ s regime. The danger is not from the oil China taking out of Canada, the danger is the corruption culture they will bring in to Canada. Already I smell some C scent here.

  • katie Schindell

    Thank you Elizabeth, concerned Canadians ARE listening!!

  • Lynn Gate

    You have given me hope that Canada is not yet lost. Our rights have slowly been taken away bit by bit and this is just another example of how greedy Mr Harper really is. It’s so very sad to watch this country slide…

  • Alec Krisa.

    Well spoken , we need more of your attitude in politics . Nice to see someone standing up for our rights and freedom .

  • Jan Horwood

    In general I’m opposed to too much genetic alteration, but is it okay if we clone you?? I’m so scared of all this and you are the only one who seems to be noticing how bad it is! Hitler-oops, I mean Harper-is intent on raping Canada while we are all sleeping.

  • Shirley MacEachern

    I’m appalled. After spending time in China and seeing first hand the pollution and oppression of Tibetans and non-Han Chinese I do not want their influence in our country. It is not Stephen Harper’s right to sell us out to China.

  • Christine Bodnarchuk

    I am so very saddened by this issue and signed my share of petitions against it. I am equally proud of your commitment to our democratic stability and future Ms. May, as well as our sustainability as a free country. HARPER HAS TO GO!!!!!

  • Janis Warne

    Thank you Elizabeth for standing up for our rights! You are amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548893528 Robert Croghan

    Do we have the same ability to complain and charge for decisions in China by the Communist Party (since the entire country is run by the Communist party at all levels of government).

  • the knight of swords

    I cannot express adequately in words what your presence has done regarding insight and awareness of internal political practice and execution of agendas(hidden or otherwise) in current Canadian political circles.I am so certain I am not alone in this perspective,, that I wish for you continued growing support and freedom to enlighten us all for a promising and fruitful future as Canadians. I am , through your endeavors,able to once again feel proud to be a citizen of Canada…a feeling that Mr. Harper had all but diminished to a feeling of embarrassment and disgrace.
    Thank you for restoring my patriotism and identity as a Canadian.~

  • Al Garnier

    Good for you Elizabeth. I support your efforts. If Harper ratifies this agreement, your next step should be to create a new petition to be presented to the Governor General, requesting an immediate election due to citizen non confidence in the elected government. If this were promoted properly with the appropriate safeguards, we could easily get the signatures of 50% of the Canadian voting public.
    The first order of business for the new elected government would be to rescind this trade deal with China and open an extensive public debate on future trade deals and foreign ownership. If Harper is reelected, he will be bound by this petition to open extensive public debate on all major issues in government.

    A-Garnier

  • Leo Biblitz

    Clearly you have NO idea what this treaty is all about. The ONLY documents posted at the govt site re Canada-China FIPA concern environmental assessment. Hint: China wants our oil, nothing else. The key is whether this deal trumps Canada’s enviro-FN review process – that’s all.

  • Kati Trevorrow

    I cannot imagine the strength of character it takes for you to go into your battles each day on behalf of the security of Canadian citizens. I believed integrity was long lost, but for you. I am so proud that you have become our voice of sanity.

  • Disgusted

    What for…………Canada is sold to the Chinese………..Wonder how much money is in a Swiss Bank account for Harper???????????????

  • Diana Morris

    Well done, Elizabeth,you are amazing. We think the world of you, and we are so lucky to have you as our MP.

  • oneupsetcamadian

    we are gradually selling out our Country…what about our children…our Grandchldren….there is a reason that millions of peopls are ‘standing in line” to get into
    Canada….and yet so many of my fellow Canadians flee south whenever they get money to move. I have worked and lived in several countries around the world and it sickens me when Harper (or anyone) sells out our heritage for the sake of money.
    And what about Albertans ? It seems to me that their Province is up for sale to the highest bidder.

  • Shay McAuley

    Thank You Very Much Elizabeth – You Speak for ALL Canadians – Except Harper – and a few of his closest political clones.
    This “Treaty” and it does not deserve the name, spells Disaster for Canadians for Generations to come. I have NEVER Voted Green but if you can derail this Catastrophe, I’d like to be on Your Team.

  • Storm Vos-Browning

    My MP is likely getting sick of hearing from me… but the alerts I get from you make it easy to stay annoying:-) Thanks for being a voice of sanity, Elizabeth.

  • Manon

    Good Day, how can we sign a petition to prevent this? I clicked on the link, however, I didn’t see any petition for the Canada-China ‘agreement’. Is it too late? Who agreed to this ‘non sense’? Thank you

  • Nita Daniels-Levine

    Thank you Ms. May for speaking on behalf of all of we Canadians who prize our democracy more now than ever, having been led by a self-centered dicttator.

  • Smarty Jones

    Hopefully now, Harper and his colleages have truly `gotten the message`! we can only hope and pray!!

  • John Langston

    Good on you, Elizabeth! My grandfather often said that if one throws enough “stuff” against the barn door, some of it will stick. We need your strong and persistent voice like never before.

  • Kim

    Thank you Elizabeth – someone at least is watching out for us and future generations.
    Jill Hallam

  • Sylvia

    Thank you Elizabeth for keeping us all aware of the continuing sale of our country to foreign interests with questionable human rights and environmental practices and policies. These are frightening assaults on our sovereignty and democracy as we know it.

  • Old Man

    I think you are correct in having a debate about this issue. Legally Mr. Harper apparently doesn’t have to present this to parliament but why not .He should be proud of his treaty and convey that to Canadians. Thanks Elizabeth , you seem to get more publicity than the NDP. Why is that?

  • terry osborne

    Keep up the good work. Canadians are tired of being kept in the closet on our entire future. Harper needs to look up the words “democracy” and “consultation”. I have never before become so passionate about awareness of Canadians politics and policies.

  • Kathy Frey

    THANKS ELIZABETH MAY for fighting for our Rights and our Country

  • Helen from B.C.

    A HUGE thank you Elizabeth. At least one person in the legislature is hearing and supporting the people of Canada.

  • PlanetsFuture

    Provinces? Input to federal decisions? That’s almost as bad as citizens having views deserving of being heard! Our PM doesn’t condescend to meet with the Premiers! Heaven Forbid! How backwards would that be! Government by fiat! It’s been done many times, but traditionally Canada has not been part of that crowd particularly.

  • Rick Glen

    Good work Elizabeth. Thank you for speaking up and watching out for our Canadian interests. Way to go!

  • C Penner

    Hello, Elizabeth. You are not my MP but I wish you were. Mine is
    Conservative and a likely slave to PM Harper. The following is what I
    e-mailed to my MP in response to FIPPA and the threat that it and Harper
    represent to Canadian democracy and sovereignty:

    “…I want you
    to represent my most serious concerns about and objections to the
    proposed Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

    This
    proposed agreement is substandard to Canadians’ expectations in two key
    respects. Firstly, foreign investment propositions affecting Canada
    must be examined and be able to be examined by any Canadian with fair
    notice, prior to our governments concluding agreements on same.
    Secondly, such an agreement is not to be an instrument of secrecy or
    circumvention of Canadians’ right to know negotiation details that could
    commit us as citizens and taxpayers to disadvantageous and penurious
    terms and conditions. Moreover, the last thing I want to hear from you
    as MP or from the federal government is, ‘That is not our intent.’

    Concluding
    trade deals cannot happen at all costs, contrary to what is represented
    by FIPPA in its current form. As a voter, I consider your stance and
    your party’s stance on this issue to be a ‘deal breaker’.”

    Please
    continue to fight the fight. There are many Canadians behind you, even
    if they can’t vote in Green Party candidates in home ridings, due to
    demographics.

    C Penner

  • Diane Young

    How can we put up with this for another 3 years??? The polls are fixed. Our PM thinks the world revolves around him. Transparent government? He is never here!!! This is the most disturbing. He makes the rules as he goes and we have to waddle in his mess. Who does this man think he is? Thank you Elizabeth.

  • Di

    Thank you doesn’t begin to express my gratitude to you. Your ability to expediently get the word out on so many of the Conservative Party plans that will be detrimental to Canada and Canadians has helped us mount timely grass roots campaigns emanating our own neighbourhoods. I am beginning to feel that we are able to fight back effectively, thanks not only to the precise background information you provide but the mode in which we should deliver our complaints!

  • Yvonne Dolbec

    Bravo Elizabeth!

  • Tim Landon

    Thank you Elizabeth May! The federal government is running amok – keep up the GREAT work!!

  • ARealCanadian

    This agreement is make by the Canada and the Chinese Government Free trade, but their is no agreement or consent by First Nations with the Chinese to trespass on Aboriginal Land. I say Canadian officials behind this scam, hope to see you all in jail soon.

  • grandma <3

    How can this be stopped ?
    Would this be considered Treason ?

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