The Canada-China investment treaty sleight of hand

Canadians and Canada’s negotiating partners, beware: Canada’s new investment treaty ends a newer approach, and could tie your hands.

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Trade Minister Ed Fast with Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming in Vancouver in September 2012.
Howard Mann
Published: Wednesday, 01/09/2013 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 01/09/2013 1:23 am EST

Since 2005, Canada has prided itself on selling an advanced model of investment treaty to developing countries—one that, it has argued, protects their regulatory space while still protecting investors. 

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