Greens Support First Nation Challenge to Canada-China Treaty

The Green Party continues to throw its full support behind the British-Columbia-based Hupacasath as the First Nation prepares to appear in federal court Wednesday to Friday.

The Hupacasath have taken Prime Minister Stephen Harper to court over his failure to consult with them on the Canada-China Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), contrary to their constitutionally protected legal right.

“Stephen Harper planned to quietly table the treaty, hoping no one would notice, and then ratify it through Cabinet when Canadians weren’t looking,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.  “Fortunately, the Hupacasath have challenged his right to act unilaterally on an agreement which will have a huge and destructive impact on Canada for at least 31 years.”

The Green Party called on its members and all concerned Canadians to join the Hupacasath, Idle No More, and others for a rally in support of the FIPA court challenge.

Where: Vancouver Federal Courthouse, 701 West Georgia,  Pacific Centre
When:  12:30 pm, June 5 (6&7)