Harper Trade Deal Could Allow Chinese Corporations to Sue Canada over COVID-19 - 2020-04-21

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F84.png Harper Trade Deal Could Allow Chinese Corporations to Sue Canada over COVID-19 April 21, 2020, Kian Malekanian, North99

Under the terms of a trade agreement signed by the Harper government, Canada could be held liable for any losses Chinese companies incur during the COVID-19 crisis.

Canada's former Conservative Prime Minister signed the secretive deal, known as FIPA, with China in 2012. Experts, labour advocates, and human rights groups warned against the agreement. Yet, the Harper government ratified FIPA two years later in 2014.

One of the provisions in the agreement could spell trouble for Canada. Article 11 holds that if Chinese corporations incur losses as a result of "war, state of national emergency, insurrection, or other similar events," the Canadian government can be sued for compensation.

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{{cite news | first = Kian | last = Malekanian | title = Harper Trade Deal Could Allow Chinese Corporations to Sue Canada over COVID-19 | url = https://north99.org/2020/04/21/harper-trade-deal-could-allow-chinese-corporations-to-sue-canada-over-covid-19/ | work = North99 | date = April 21, 2020 | accessdate = April 27, 2020 }}