I would like to express my concern about the proposed China-Canada foreign investment treaty and the apparent deterioration of democratic due process in Canadian politics. I have grown up to believe that I live in a democracy. From a very young age, I have been told that my voice meant something and that each individual in this great democracy of ours has a chance to make a difference.
So how is it that Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in keeping with the tenets of democracy, can be allowed to unilaterally sign arguably the most influential trade deal of my generation without a single parliamentary debate or vote? Why is my elected representative in the House of Commons not given the opportunity to argue, debate or even discuss the deal on my behalf? Why is a deal that grants foreign companies the right to sue Canadian federal, provincial or municipal governments not allowed to be discussed by the parties liable?
Will I be able to tell my children the same description of Canada that was told to me? Will I be able to tell them to believe in democracy? I call on Canadians to use their pens, keyboards and voices to challenge this assault on democracy, and to ensure that we maintain a democratic tradition that's worth believing in.
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