Sunday, June 09, 2013

Stevie's last obstacle . . .

HUPACASATH FIRST NATION battles China-Canada FIPA in court. So says the VO, aka the Vancouver Observer.

Photo via @Lyacksongirl
Closing arguments began Wednesday for the historic Hupacasath First Nation court challenge of a FIPA, or foreign investor protection agreement between Canada and China. The Hupacasath's case against the Harper government says that Canada has a duty to consult First Nations before entering into international treaties.

Canada holds FIPAs with 14 countries, and is in talks to establish a dozen more. But the Canada-China FIPA is the first to position Canada as a capital-importer rather than a capital-exporter country.

It's all about Chinese money: Stevie wants to give its owners entitlement, and the First Nations are rightly concerned. IF the Hupacasath  win, this goes to the Supreme Court, who won't rule on it until after the next election, when FIPA may be toast.

4 comments:

Steve said...

If I was one of those terrorists I would be putting my cellphone in a chip bag, and I would say revert to communicating with smoke signals, but it may be misinterpreted, and also futile as the drones would pick up that form of communication. Enemies of the State are now fair game, without warrant 24/7 past present and future.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawas-new-anti-terrorism-strategy-lists-eco-extremists-as-threats/article533522/

meadowlark said...

Yes, for sure Steve.

Communist China seems to be one of the least trusted country's on the planet.

dailymail.co.uk

globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com

meadowlark said...

Yes, for sure Steve.

Communist China seems to be one of the least trusted country's on the planet.

dailymail.co.uk

globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com

Purple library guy said...

I've said it before and no doubt there'll be need to say it plenty more:
You mean "capitalist China", surely.