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