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Harald Hewett
The gloves are off. Premier Christy is gettin' it next.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Hal Hewett <halhewett@yahoo.ca>
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Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 6:24:08 AM
Subject: Fw: FIPPA
Dear Don:

You have failed to respond to my letter of October 17th concerning the largest threat to Canada in decades.
As outlined in Law Professor Gus Van Harten's letter to Stephen Harper, hidden minority investors could use FIPPA to undermine legislation at the regional, provincial and federal levels. With significant resource projects proposed and underway in British Columbia FIPPA would undoubtedly effect us here.

The threats to worker safety are not theoretical: a Canadian coworker of mine was onsite when two TFW Chinese workers were killed and five injured at a CNRL site in Alberta in 2007- The courts found a way to drop all the charges against companies with a real Canadian presence.

The manner in which the federal government, itself convicted of contempt of parliament in 2011, is trying to impose this without allowing any debate is reprehensible in the extreme.

This same government has been illegally blocking court cases and criminal investigations which could affect it's very legitimacy.

As suggested by my Regional District of Comox Valley director Edwin Grieve I phoned MP John Duncan's office and requested a meeting with Mr. Duncan and wrote a letter. I followed up my phone call with a visit to his office four days later and was again deflected.

The next day I attended a "letter writing bee" where it arose anecdotally that MP Duncan rarely responds to letters.

At this point, it is incumbent upon any publicly elected official in Canada who cares about what we like to call democracy to oppose FIPPA
with whatever tools and levers they possess.

Those that do not we know to be unfit for public office.

Will you, Don McRae, act IMMEDIATELY in your capacity as a MLA and stand up for your electorate?

I await your reply-

Yours very truly,
Hal Hewett
Box 666 Cumberland BC
V0R 1S0

4. Usually, the capital-importing position under these treaties is occupied by a developing or transition economy. Under the Canada-China treaty it is occupied by Canada. This poses a serious fiscal risk. Notably, to sue under the treaty, a Chinese company requires only a minority share in any Canadian enterprise or other asset in Canada. Based on interpretations by arbitrators in numerous cases, a Chinese investor could obtain, or may already have obtained, ownership in Canadian assets via a holding company in a secrecy jurisdiction such as the Cayman Islands, without losing its right to sue under the Canada-China treaty. What steps have you taken to ensure that there is not now and will not be in future Chinese-ownership of assets of which the government is unaware?

1. The legal consequences of the treaty will be irreversible by any Canadian court, legislature or other decision-maker for 31 years after the treaty is given effect. The treaty has a 15-year minimum term, requires one year's notice prior to termination, and adds another 15-years of treaty coverage for assets that are Chinese-owned at the time of termination. By contrast, NAFTA for example can be terminated on six months notice.
2. Other investment treaties (aka FIPAs) signed by Canada have a similar duration and, in this respect, are exceptional among modern treaties. Yet none put Canada primarily in the capital-importing position. As such, the Canada-China treaty effectively concedes legislative and judicial elements of our sovereignty in a way that other FIPAs do not. Chinese asset-owners in Canada will be able, at their option, to challenge Canadian legislative, executive, or judicial decisions outside of the Canadian legal system and Canadian courts.
3. To elaborate, the treaty will likely be largely de facto non-reciprocal due to anticipated in-flows of Chinese investment to Canada outstripping Canadian investment in China. The deal gives Cadillac legal status to Canadian investors in China and vice versa. Yet Canada will be much more exposed to claims and corresponding constraints as a result of the de facto non-reciprocity. Two awards of a billion dollars-plus, and many over $100 million, have been issued against countries to date under these treaties, with more likely on the way. The awards are immune from judicial review, largely or entirely, and are often extra-territorial, depending on how the investor's lawyers frame the claim.

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012...&utm_campaign=171012
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Hal Hewett <halhewett@yahoo.ca>
To: "don.mcrae.mla@leg.bc.ca" <don.mcrae.mla@leg.bc.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:35:32 PM
Subject: FIPPA
Dear Don:
Though you are not in the Federal Government, I feel it is important that the Province of British Columbia officially and swiftly oppose the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act.
The Foreign Investment and Protection Act is deeply troubling on all levels;. it appears to completely subvert democratic principles of openness and transparency by granting foreign investors extraordinary power to challenge public policy and judicial process outside of Canadian courts- in absolute secrecy.
Apparently under FIPPA, investors can challenge policy and legislation at any level- Municipal/Civic, Regional, Provincial and Federal. Undermining all these jurisdictions could well lead to expensive supreme court challenges.

That the Conservative goverment drafted this treaty in secret and will not allow any debate on the matter is an affront to reason and decency. Further, that this treaty grants such control to Chinese government owned corporations is shocking.
FIPPA endorses Chinese government totalitarianism, human rights, wage and labour policy as well as the illegal invasion of Tibet and the brutal suppression of dissent as demonstrated at Tianamen Square.
FIPPA is an insult to the thousands of Canadians who died fighting against these very things.
FIPPA would, if passed, erode Canadian employment, health and safety and environmental standards- It would also add senseless costs in arbitration and settlements.

I feel that it is urgent to vigorously oppose what has rightly been called an act of treason.

Please direct every effort and tool available to this urgent task.

I eagerly await your reply.

Yours Very Truly,

Harald R.M. Hewett
 
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada | Registered: September 30, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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An international effort to save democracy in Canada-

Forward, Copy and Paste- modify at will Thanks!!

Friends- As many of you know, the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act is a heinous underhanded betrayal of democratic and humanistic values that have been hard won by the tears, sweat- and blood, of generations.It seems to be the coup de gras; the finishing touches to the Jobs And Prosperity omnibus bill that will subvert, environmental, wage, labour standards, health/safety and democratic process to ...... primarily Chinese investors and government owned oil companies-???

Harper's dubious majority drafted this in secret and dropped it without notice very recently- and so certain are they of it's perfection that they will not allow debate.

This is in keeping with their ongoing contempt of law, Parliament, and Canada. At midnight on Halloween this creepy thing supposedly becomes active.

Time has run out for paper letters- The campaign has moved into the phone lines, cyberspace and onto the streets.

We can multiply our effect through e-mail, social media, personal contacts, coconut telegraph and the world press.

Volume of e-mails and e-petition signatures is making a very large impact. NDP trade critic Don Davies was able to say they had received more than 60,000 letters against FIPPA on national radio this (saturday) morning- Link Below.

This is an issue of global importance in the evolution of humanity towards what hopefully could become an egalitarian, peaceful and sustainable future.

This is a story in the making. Be part of making the story.

THINGS TO DO:

Feet on the street during the next 3 business days at MP and MLA offices will press the point- paper petitions a good tool to engage and inform. Take one into your elected representative's office and ask them to sign. I did-

-Fill in all e-petitions once
-Send ready-to-copy-modify-and-mail letters to your PM, MP, RCMP, MLA, GG, LG, Premier and W.H.Y.
-Get as many friends, family, acquaintances as possible to do same
-Phone your elected reps: flood their lines and voicemail
-Work together
-Post noteworthy bits and clips to sites- suggest alterations
-Get out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday daytime to your local MP and or MLA and/or Legislature/Parliament Bldgs.
-Bring friends
-Be legal and polite
-Have fun!!!

Let the world know that Canada needs help!

Copy letters to your favorite people and media in any country-

This is very important.

Two easy to understand short videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...wyA&feature=youtu.be
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYFY4fkWyvc

Online events:

First event has excellent ready to mail e-letters at top-
http://www.facebook.com/events...6396/?ref=ts&fref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/events/163205107156906/

e-petitions:

http://action2.davidsuzuki.org...emocratic-trade-deal
http://www.greenparty.ca/stop-the-sellout/action
http://salsa.democracyinaction...ic/?action_KEY=11824
http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=te
http://www.thepetitionsite.com...eaction/116/570/870/

e-letters:

Easy to use MP finder: http://www.canada.gc.ca/direct...ires/direct-eng.html

**Send a Council Of Canadians Letter to All MP's** Click here and Scroll down> http://canadians.org/action/20...nada-China-FIPA.html

**Please send LeadNow.ca Letter to the 'Acting' PM, cc'ing leaders of the NDP, Liberals and Greens. Click here> http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=te

**Send a Letter to Your MP** Click here > http://www.greenparty.ca/stop-...sellout/letter-to-mp. Fill out your contact details and an automated letter will go to your MP.

Invite your FB, email, work and play friends - Let's make this go Canada wide and flood the mail.

Information:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012...a-Investment-Treaty/
http://www.facebook.com/notes/...ct/10151208934594730
http://citizen.typepad.com/eye...te-penalty-ever.html
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/1...s-wont-bark-forever/

NDP Don Davies debates a conservative about FIPPA on CBC and related topics- recommended listening
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podc...e_20121027_49415.mp3

Info Sites:

http://canadians.org/
http://www.facebook.com/OccupyCanada?ref=ts&fref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/Robofraud?ref=ts&fref=ts

Democracy is like being your own boss- sometimes you have to be your own worker//

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...olice-car-moose.html
 
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada | Registered: September 30, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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New Version with new e-petitions on top-

-An International effort to save democracy in Canada

READ WHAT TO DO SECTION AT BOTTOM OF THIS

Emailable and spreadable via fb- Copy and Paste- modify at will Thanks!!

- As many of you know, the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act is a heinous underhanded betrayal of democratic and humanistic values that have been hard won by the tears, sweat- and blood, of generations.It seems to be the coup de gras; the finishing touches to the Jobs And Prosperity omnibus bill that will subvert, environmental, wage, labour standards, health/safety and democratic process to ...... primarily Chinese investors and government owned oil companies-???

Harper's dubious majority drafted this in secret and dropped it without notice very recently- and so certain are they of it's perfection that they wuoldl not allow debate.

This is in keeping with their ongoing contempt of law, Parliament, and Canada.

WE HAVE SUCCEEDED in stalling ratification.This may be unprecedented in Canadian history!! Let's keep the heat on high and end neoconservatism in Canada.

Volume of e-mails, e-petition signatures and feet on the street is making a very large impact.

Again- this mass mailing, petitioning and other people power has altered history.

We can multiply our effect through e-mail, social media, personal contacts, coconut telegraph and the world press.

This is an issue of global importance in the evolution of humanity towards what hopefully could become an egalitarian, peaceful and sustainable future.

This is a story in the making. Be part of making the story.

THINGS TO DO

New E-Petition:
http://democracywatch.ca/campa...engthen-enforcement/

http://petition.liberal.ca/har...te-royal-commission/

http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud


http://www.leadnow.ca/stop-fip...ction_ref_map=%5B%5D

http://www.facebook.com/events/102858809875686/

Paper petitions are a good tool to engage and inform. Take one into your elected representative's office and ask them to sign.

An excellent PDF is available on the link below:
http://www.greenparty.ca/stop-...lout/online-petition

Feet on the street at MP, MLA, city hall and First Nations offices will press the point-

Pose as a staunch conservative and email this to your favourite cons
http://www.facebook.com/canadafipapledge?sk=info


-Fill in all e-petitions once
-Send ready-to-copy-modify-and-mail letters to your PM, MP, RCMP, MLA, GG, LG, Premier and W.H.Y.
-Get as many friends, family, acquaintances as possible to do same
-Phone your elected representatives and flood their voicemail
-Work together
-Join the General Strike on Monday
-Post noteworthy bits and clips to sites- suggest alterations
-Get out on Monday daytime to your local MP and or MLA and/or Legislature/Parliament Bldgs.
-Bring friends
-Be legal and polite
-Have fun!!!

Let the world know that Canada needs help.

CC'ing letters widely to conservative, opposition, the media and others is very effective.

Copy letters to your favorite people and media in any country-

This is very important.

Two easy to understand short videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...wyA&feature=youtu.be
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYFY4fkWyvc

A fresh video from the premier of BC's office:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...eature=youtu.be#fipa

Counter advertising:

http://www.leadnow.ca/fipa-radio-ads

Online events:

Tries to keep track of all the efforts and develop more:
http://www.facebook.com/events...5278/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Excellent ready to copy letters, and more tips:
http://www.facebook.com/events...6396/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ditto:
http://www.facebook.com/events/163205107156906/
https://docs.google.com/docume...1fr4F6GxY/edit?pli=1


e-petitions:

https://www.facebook.com/pages...924628560212?fref=ts
http://action2.davidsuzuki.org...emocratic-trade-deal
http://www.greenparty.ca/stop-the-sellout/action
http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=te
http://www.thepetitionsite.com...eaction/116/570/870/

e-letters:

Easy to use MP finder: http://www.canada.gc.ca/direct...ires/direct-eng.html

**Send a Council Of Canadians Letter to All MP's** Click here and Scroll down> http://canadians.org/action/20...nada-China-FIPA.html

**Please send LeadNow.ca Letter to the 'Acting' PM, cc'ing leaders of the NDP, Liberals and Greens. Click here> http://www.leadnow.ca/canada-not-for-sale?t=te

**Send a Letter to Your MP** Click here > http://www.greenparty.ca/stop-...sellout/letter-to-mp. Fill out your contact details and an automated letter will go to your MP.

Invite your FB, email, work and play friends - Let's make this go Canada wide and flood the mail.

Information and groups:

https://www.facebook.com/leadnowcanada?fref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/groups/UnseatHarper/
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012...a-Investment-Treaty/
http://www.facebook.com/notes/...ct/10151208934594730
http://www.facebook.com/groups/292671928599/
http://www.facebook.com/CampaignToBuildOneBigCampaign


Excellent informative performance by Elizabeth May:
http://www.change.org/en-CA/pe...use-of-commons#share

NDP Don Davies debates a con servative about FIPPA on CBC and related topics- recommended listening:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podc...e_20121027_49415.mp3

Info Sites:

http://canadians.org/
http://www.facebook.com/OccupyCanada?ref=ts&fref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/Robofraud?ref=ts&fref=ts

Democracy is like being your own boss- sometimes you have to be your own worker//
 
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