China trade deal is ‘international bullying’

China trade deal is 'international bullying' Open letter to MP Ryan Leef: I have just heard about the proposed Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act, which is set to pass into law in two weeks time. I strongly urge you to spend yo

Open letter to MP Ryan Leef:

I have just heard about the proposed Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act, which is set to pass into law in two weeks time. I strongly urge you to spend your time in Ottawa as the Yukon’s representative to do all you can to not allow this to happen.

As our representative, it is your duty to find out all you can about this law, and once you do, I am sure you will see that besides bringing short-term money into Canada, we will lose control of much of what we hold near and dear to our hearts as Canadians, that being the ability to decide for ourselves what is good for Canadians, and not being sued by another foreign power for pursuing those goals.

The Harper government boasts that our economy is doing just fine. So why would we pass a law that would open up our borders to being controlled by a foreign power? I just don’t get it.

It is time that the Harper government wakes up to the fact that Canadians have other goals besides the economy.

Just as you are now showing support for a private member’s bill before the House of Commons that would allow you to pursue your personal goal of getting mixed martial arts out of its current criminal activity status, stating your belief that it will help to prevent the bullying that happens in society, I see fighting the above law as stopping international bullying. But in this case, the bullied, in the form of the Harper government, which I might remind you does not represent the majority of Canadians, is a very willing one, unwilling to stand up for Canada.

Claire Desmarais

Whitehorse