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The government’s spin, part two

From: Sold Down the Yangtze


Despite the Conservatives’ efforts to limit debate, other

politicians were able to use the process at the House of Commons

trade committee, and elsewhere in Parliament, to put

important questions about the FIPA to the government. From

what I saw, the federal members of parliament who did so

most actively were the Green Party’s ElizabethMay, the NDP’s

Don Davies, and the Liberals’Wayne Easter. As another example

of the government’s spin, I reproduce below some questions

from Wayne Easter, and explain why many of the government’s

answers were duck-and-weave exercises.



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.