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The government’s spin, part one

From: Sold Down the Yangtze


How did the Harper Government spin the FIPA? It would take

another book to count all the ways. I discuss four examples in

the next few chapters.

The first example is the prime minister’s spin when the FIPA

was signed. The second is a Conservative member of parliament’s

answers to a letter from constituents. The third is the

federal trade ministry’s answers to questions from a political

party. The fourth is a federal trade official’s testimony to a

judge.In this chapter, I highlight one part of the debate at the time

and the reasons why a further review was important, by reproducing

a series of claims made by the Conservatives—here,

in a letter from Conservative Member of Parliament Blake

Richards to constituents—and my replies to those claims at

the time.



Gus Van Harten

As an expert in investment deals and international law, GUS VAN HARTEN is uniquely qualified to explain what the Canada-China agreement means for Canada. He is currently a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, working previously as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He has written over twenty academic studies on investment treaties, and has provided commentary to governments, international organizations, and media such as Bloomberg, the CBC, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and the Toronto Star. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.