In just a few hours, Prime Minister Harper could sign the secretive and extreme Canada-China FIPA investor deal into law and we need your help to jam his MPs’ phone lines with urgent messages to stop FIPA. Making a phone call is easy and fast, and we’ve just built a custom tool to help you find the best MP to call.
Thanks to your actions, we’ve raised the alarm on this terrible deal with your 60,000+ messages to MPs and hundreds of letters to the editor. We’ve gained widespread media attention with a national press conference on Parliament Hill, and crowd-funded over $35,000 worth of ads that are blanketing the airwaves in Conservative MPs’ backyards.1 Together, you’ve changed the national conversation on this issue in just a little over two weeks -- an incredible feat that you should be proud of.
Conservative MPs are facing a growing backlash over this FIPA from across the political spectrum, including many of their traditional supporters. Now it’s time to pick up our phones and urgently pile the pressure on key Conservative MPs to get Prime Minister Harper to back down.
Notes for calling:
Introduce yourself, and tell them you live in their region. Tell them you want them to stop the Canada-China FIPA investor deal and Nexen takeover. If you voted Conservative in the last election, or donated to the Conservative Party, tell them. Nothing will get an MP's attention like losing votes or money over an issue. You can use the following points if you like:
I am concerned about the CNOOC-Nexen takeover and the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA). These agreements would pave the way for a massive natural resource buyout and allow foreign corporations to sue the Canadian government in secret tribunals, restricting Canadians from making democratic decisions about our economy, environment and energy.
Canadians have a right to determine our future, but these agreements will undermine the democratic rights of Canadians and lock us into an inescapable path of foreign-ownership and resource extraction until at least 2040.
I call on you to reject the Nexen takeover and the Canada-China investment deal. Let’s start over with a national conversation that brings Canadians together to make responsible choices about the wisest long-term stewardship of our natural resources.
Finally, do please thank the staff person who takes your call. They're good people doing their job.
Please click here to find the best Conservative MPs for you to call.
PS - If the phone line to one of the Cons rvative MPs is jammed - that’s a good sign! Try calling back a bit later to keep the pressure up.
Sources and additional info:
 On Tuesday we delivered 60,000 of your messages at a national press conference on Parliament Hill. Representatives from the NDP, Liberals and Greens received your petitions and express their concerns about the Canada-China FIPA. Building on your letters to the editor, the press conference generated national news. Here are three examples:
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