LETTER: Opposition to FIPA deal with China

I ask you, implore you, from my heart, to join the call to postpone ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Agreement (FIPA).

Editor:

I am a simple struggling Canadian, living in beautiful British Columbia.

I have travelled this wonderful land from coast to coast. I am proud to call myself Canadian. I am thrilled to be part of a country that has freedom and choice as to how we live. I enjoy supporting all things that embrace a future for our planet, sustainably, environmentally.

However, I am exceedingly concerned about pending trade agreements and this country’s future, its democracy, environment, economy, natural resources and energy.

I have received disturbing reports about pending agreements that have not been made public to Canadians, are not being debated and reviewed but instead are being pushed through behind closed doors. Is this democracy?

I ask you, implore you, from my heart, to join the call to postpone ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Agreement (FIPA), to support further study, a complete disclosure to the Canadian public, and full democratic debate and procedure in the House of Commons.

Please support the motion that was presented by Don Davies (on Oct. 25) to conduct a full study on this treaty.

This country, my home, is not for sale.

Neither is British Columbia and its beautiful mountains, rivers, coastline, and natural life on land and in the oceans. What are we leaving the children, seven generations hence? What are we doing to ensure a healthy life for all?

Where is the balance? Where is the heart? In gratitude.

Rosemary Phillips, Christina Lake