Green Party Supports Hupacasath First Nation’s Legal Challenge Against Canada-China Treaty

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada supports the legal challenge filed against the Canada-China Investment Treaty by the Hupacasath First Nation of Port Alberni, B.C.

“We were the first party to raise the troublesome issues surrounding this Treaty, demanding debate and alerting Canadians to the threat of reduced sovereignty, reduced democracy and infringement on Aboriginal and Treaty rights,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

“The Canada-China Treaty would subject every decision of any level of government and all of our courts to review by international arbitrators who do not have any vested interest in protecting the rights of Canadians. 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,” added May.

“The Hupacasath First Nation is showing tremendous leadership in taking on such an immense case. Every Canadian should be thankful for their initiative. They fight for all of us,” concluded May.

 "The Green Party of Canada has been at the forefront of the fight against the Canada-China Treaty. Elizabeth May sounded the alarm for many Canadians and we are grateful for her unwavering support of First Nations' constitutionally protected rights,” said Brenda Sayers, Councillor, Hupacasath First Nation.

Harper's Conservatives can legally ratify the treaty, i.e. make it legally binding for the country, since November 2nd, 2012. Thanks to the Greens' campaign, ratification has not yet happened.


See also: GPC's campaign agaist the Treaty

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