Letters: Chinese trade deal appalling

Agreement with China should require a debate in Parliament

As I write this, I am stunned and extremely concerned that the proposed Trade Agreement with China is still not currently scheduled for debate in Parliament.

This Agreement, if signed, will bind Canadians to some unbelievably  stringent conditions for a generation (up to 31 years). These conditions include the likelihood of huge fines if any level of government passes laws which affect China’s “future expectation of profit.”

To enable such draconian clauses and effectively hand a veto to China over all Canadian health and environmental legislation is bad enough. To do this over the heads of all Canadians without debate is unconscionable and tantamount to a dictatorship.

I urge everyone to contact their local MP immediately and ask them to support a call for debate in Parliament. To pass this agreement in secret would be an appalling slight to the Canadian people, which will be remembered in the next election, and those to follow for the next 31 years.

Dr. Roland M. Alcock

Sooke