The highly controversial Canada-China Investment Treaty will go to a vote this evening on an NDP motion from the party’s supply day on Thursday.
The treaty has never had so much as a day of committee hearings – one hour was allowed in the trade committee on October 18, 2012. The Thursday motion allowed six hours of debate, but Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who has studied the treaty and led the fight against it, was not allowed a speaking slot. Her 60-second briefing on October 24, 2012, using her S.O. 31 to alert the public and fellow Parliamentarians remains the only briefing to the House. She will rise in the House today at 2 pm using an S.O. 31 to detail why the motion must pass.
“I call on all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation and heedless of whips, to vote in support of the NDP motion today. While I regret that the NDP did not accept Liberal amendments to achieve a compromise on Thursday, the reality is rejecting this particular treaty could still allow negotiation of a better one if the motion carries,” said Elizabeth May, M.P. for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
All Liberal and Conservative MP’s should ask their party the following questions:
“Unless every Member of Parliament can get satisfactory responses to these questions, any vote in support of this treaty will be an abdication of our responsibility as Canadians to ensure we are not giving the Peoples’ Republic of China the right to challenge our laws – whether municipal, provincial or federal, or court judgments – claiming billions even for measures taken with no intent or evidence of trade discrimination,” said Ms. May.
“While a courageous First Nations community, the Hupacasath First Nation, seeks an injunction in Federal Court against the ratification of this treaty, Canadian MPs should do the right thing and vote to calls on the federal Cabinet to refuse ratification.”