Premier Clark Supports Canada-China Trade Deal, Abandons BC’s Constitutional Rights
- It applies to trade agreements between Canada and China and, thanks to the premier, BC as well.
- It is, like NAFTA, a treaty that for practical reasons, is all but unbreakable for 31 years.
- It gives China the ability to obtain huge damages if we don’t perform our side of any deal and to sue for them in her own courts
- This agreement has not been debated in Parliament nor in the Legislature of BC
- It won’t be debated in Parliament or the BC Legislature because both the Prime Minister and Premier Clark don’t think they need the agreement of our legislative bodies
- Without any question, this treaty will impact upon the Province of British Columbia and could cost us hundreds of millions of dollars
- It seriously compromises the constitutional rights BC has under Section 92 of the Constitution Act (1982)
- Is this a good deal for Canada and BC?
- What are the implications for BC’s constitutional rights under the Constitution Act of 1982?
In short, by agreeing to this treaty, she has, for the length of the contract, surrendered our right to exercise our constitutional rights.