The Conservative majority on trade committee defeated a motion yesterday from NDP trade critic Don Davies which would have forced the committee to study the Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA) before it's allowed to become law, as early as November 1. In typical fashion, the committee went in-camera for the vote so that Harper's abuse of democracy went unrecorded. They do this quite often.
"It boggles my mind that the government would want to move forward with that [treaty] without a debate, without a vote and without a study," said Davies Thursday afternoon. Davies also complained about receiving "thousands upon thousands of emails" against the China treaty forwarded to him from the office of Conservative MP Bev Shipley, who is also on the trade committee.
The little prank proves how much public concern there is out there about giving excessive rights to companies investing in Canada. If you haven't yet sent a letter to MPs demanding that they tear up or at least debate the FIPA with China, you can do it right here.