by Robin Mathews
To Save It From Stephen Harper Fascism
The Stephen Harper forces are putting the torch to Canada, to the rule
of law in Canada, to Canadian freedom of expression, to Canadian electoral
integrity, to Parliamentary legitimacy … and more … every day. Their Mein Kampf-style plans become clearer
with every hour. Having won majority power by what appears more and more to be
major election fraud, their imposition of “junta rule” in Canada grows.
The Opposition parties flail into the increasingly fiery air, refusing
to undertake direct, personal, constituency-by-constituency, on-the-ground
appeal and organization of people in Canada to reject the Harper program. The Opposition parties appear to fear the
task of directly organizing the Canadian people more than they fear the
increasingly fascist moves of the Harper forces. Perhaps the Opposition parties are simply
Maybe. But an increasingly large
number of Canadians are not confused.
One of the latest, gross invasions of Canadian democracy by the Stephen
Harper forces is a treaty with China, called The Canada-China Foreign
Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). To put the matter briefly: “the Canada-China
treaty effectively concedes legislative and judicial elements of our
sovereignty…” to, in fact, Chinese agencies. (quoted from Gus Van Harten,
Osgoode Law Professor, letter to Stephen Harper).
The implications of the treaty for the destruction of Canadian
democracy and independence are enormous.
The treaty was never formally considered by the representatives of
Canadians in the House of Commons. It
was never discussed in presentation to Parliament. There was not a moment of debate about its
intent, its construction, its implications, its effect - in the House of
Commons or any of the provincial legislatures.
The treaty was created by the Harper Junta, in secrecy and in private
with Chinese agencies working in the same way.
Only one of the aspects of the treaty destroys democratic rule in
British Columbia. If British Columbia’s government acts against the imposition
of the Gateway Pipeline, the results are almost unbelievable. The Chinese interests may act against British
Columbia in secret (laughable) courts (or arbitration panels), not recognized
by Canadians, outside of Canada, which may – in fact – overrule the government
elected by Canadians in British Columbia.
The “arbitrators under the Canada-China treaty operate outside of the
authority of the Canadian legal system and Canadian courts [and so] the treaty
appears to contravene the judicature provisions of the Constitution concerning
the role of the superior courts.” “Notably, the arbitrators may make
non–monetary orders against states as well as issue damages awards for
potentially massive amounts.” [Gus Van
Harten, letter to Stephen Harper.]
That kind of behaviour applies to any economic activity in British
Columbia (and the rest of Canada) owned by Chinese interests or in which
Chinese interests have only a very small part.
We remember Stephen Harper undertaking another violation of democracy
in relation to British Columbia. Almost
certainly in concert with Gordon Campbell (who Harper paid off with the
position of Canadian High Commissioner in London) the two appear to have
arranged a surprise imposition of the infamous HST in B.C. Gordon Campbell (in
collusion with Stephen Harper, we may be sure) declared he would not impose the
HST in British Columbia. A few weeks
after re-winning election, he did so … to Stephen Harper’s delight. It was a
minor coup, but only child’s play compared to The Canada-China Foreign
Investment and Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA).
But the HST coup, you will remember, lasted a very short time.
And it did so because British Columbians rose up and forced the Gordon
Campbell/Christy Clark Harperites, by referendum, to withdraw the HST. Democracy prevailed despite a Harper/Campbell
attempt at Junta Rule and at an anti-democratic coup.
At the time of the victory celebration Chris Delaney, referendum activist
said “we know the referendum works, we know it has a legitimate place in our
society, our democracy now. The people
have endorsed it overwhelmingly.”
There is nothing to stop British Columbians using referendum again in
this hugely more vicious and destructive attack on democracy in Canada and in
the province of British Columbia – an attack undertaken by the Stephen Harper
government in collusion with the government of China and its corporations.
[Gus Van Harten suggests the treaty with China may violate Canada’s
Constitution. A constitutional challenge
to the treaty, therefore, might be undertaken. But that cannot be the only
route of challenge, because of the time it takes – and especially since the
Harper Junta is undermining the rule of law in Canada every day, the police
forces, and the courts. Even (after a long passage of time) a win in the
Supreme Court of Canada wouldn’t stop the Harper Junta from signing just such a
treaty again (and even during Supreme Court hearings) and working on many other
ways to destroy democracy in British Columbia and the rest of Canada.]
The wording of such a British Columbia referendum,
therefore, would have to be narrow,
direct, and clear. It could not,
effectively, request or demand anything from the federal government. The B.C. referendum process has no power
outside of British Columbia. Stephen
Harper could simply laugh at a referendum - even overwhelmingly carried – asking him to change Junta law and policy.
Nothing British Columbians could do to sway the Harper Junta could work –
And so the people of British Columbia are driven to a simple question,
within their own powers to ask and then to act upon. It must be a question that
erases the power of the Stephen Harper Junta to impose fascist, oppressive,
democracy-destroying laws upon British Columbians (and other Canadians).
The question must ask British Columbians if they wish to leave
Confederation, to separate from Canada, and to set up (in whatever
sovereignty-association status they wish to have in relation to the federal
government), a democracy that cannot be forced by Ottawa to erase itself and
accept totalitarian domination by Ottawa, by any foreign power, or by any
combination of the two.
[Such a referendum could be sponsored or supported by the B.C.
government – or like the referendum against the HST could be conducted
legitimately against the wishes of the presiding provincial government.
Government can refuse to act on the outcome of a referendum in most provinces …
but a referendum with this kind of question would be hard to refuse if a strong
percentage vote supported it.]
The situation in Canada is dire and the threat to democracy in British
Columbia and Canada is real as a result of the nefarious actions of the Stephen
Harper forces and especially of the Stephen Harper Junta/Canada-China Foreign
Investment and Promotion Agreement (FIPPA). I suggest British Columbians begin,
now, to create a referendum organization.
It must begin removing British Columbia from the reach of the corrupt
and rapacious hands of Stephen Harper and his global corporate companions in
[Referendum legislation exists in most other provinces in Canada. People in those provinces should be urged to
move immediately, also, to set up referendum organizations with the same
purpose in mind. Later they might “re-Confederate” in a Canada that couldn’t
rob them of democracy in the service of global thieves and looters.]