Ottawa, ON – Council of Canadians Energy and Climate Campaigner Daniel Cayley-Daoust had this to say about today’s pipeline announcement:
The Council of Canadians opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline and stands in solidarity with the many First Nations and frontline communities opposed to this destructive project. The Harper cabinet approved the pipeline, but Indigenous, environmental and citizens’ organizations in B.C. are vowing to do everything they can to stop the project.
A Canada-China investment treaty, announced this month by the Prime Minister, could attract billions of dollars in energy related lawsuits while compromising Harper's promise to stay neutral in the Alberta-B.C. dispute over the Northern Gateway pipeline, writes Osgoode Hall Law School professor Gus Van Harten in an article for Troy Media.
"The federal government revealed the Canada-China treaty a few weeks ago and is rushing to finalize it," says Harten. "The Prime Minister is proceeding without provincial consent, without an opportunity for careful study, and without a serious public debate. Yet the treaty will hamstring governments across Canada for decades in relation to Chinese-owned assets. This includes, for example, B.C. on Northern Gateway."
On October 1, the Council of Canadians issued an Action Alert, aimed at MPs, demanding a debate on the China-Canada corporate rights pact. We mention in that alert how the investment treaty "will tie the hands of provincial and federal governments hoping to better manage resource and energy projects." Van Harten's article describes several possible investor-state scenarios related to the Northern Gateway pipeline project, in which Chinese firms are pursuing a major stake.