‘The agreement appears to be unconstitutional because its Article 4 allows China to bypass and contest provincial, territorial, First Nations, municipal or successive federal government decisions on resource and commercial management. The provincial governments must collectively challenge this treaty before the Supreme Court. An example would be that if the National Energy Board approves the Northern Gateway Pipeline through B.C., but B.C. restricts or rejects the deal, Sinopec (big China Inc. appendage) can sue under this treaty. The matter would then be resolved behind closed doors in arbitration by two lawyers from outside Canada.
Canada has done what no other country has and agreed to lock itself in for 31 years. NAFTA has a six-month exit clause.
There is not a single gain for Canada here whatsoever: No market access, no reciprocity, zero rights for our investors there. China Inc. gets everything.
Obviously, this deal would never have happened in Europe or the U.S. and Canadians must demand the same national protection. This deal must be overhauled or, better yet, shredded. The provincial governments must challenge this in the Supreme Court.
Ottawa cannot sign anything that will disadvantage Canadians and Canada in their own country for 31 years in favour of a notorious regime.’