Multilaterial Agreement on Investment (MAI)|
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 97 11:40:43 CST
From: Sid Shniad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: THE EVIL EMPIRE: GLOBALIZATION'S DARKER SIDE
From: Chantell Taylor <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Another Book on the MAI (plus testimony)
For Immediate Release
Paul Hellyer, The Evil Empire: Globalization's darker side (ann.)
9 December 1997
"THE MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT IS THE MOST FRIGHTENING
PROPOSITION TO FACE THE CANADIAN PEOPLE IN MY LIFETIME."
In his new book, Paul Hellyer, a former senior cabinet minister,
explores the ramifications of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment
(MAI) and tells us where we are heading unless there is immediate,
It is a frightening scenario which forecasts a global economy in which
nation states count for little -- and ordinary voters count for
nothing at all.
A world where unemployment remains unreasonably high, the division of
wealth between rich and poor goes from unfair to outright immoral and a
complete meltdown of the monetary system is inevitable.
If the MAI is implemented it will make it impossible to run our country
our way, in our own interests, even if we wanted to.
"It's the most frightening proposition to face the Canadian people in
my lifetime," says Hellyer.
It is not about establishing rules to ensure that international
investment and trade continue to mean jobs and prosperity for Canada.
It has nothing to do with trade. It is about power and control. Power
and control for multinational corporations and the international banks
which finance them.
Parliament will give up a large chunk of its sovereignty to
international bureaucrats. We will no longer be able to attach
conditions to foreign investment nor will we be able to limit the
extent of it.
Foreigners will be able to buy Canada and Hellyer predicts that is
exactly what the Americans will do until we reach the point where we
can no longer survive as an independent country.
But he does not end his book on a note of despair. Instead Hellyer
presents some realistic solutions and calls for action before it is too
It is a cry of alarm that every Canadian should heed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Hellyer started his political career in 1949 as Canada's youngest
Member of Parliament. Eight years later he became the youngest Cabinet
Last year Hellyer was so incensed by the lack of real choice for the
electorate that he joined with a coalition of concerned Canadians to
form the Canadian Action Party which he now leads.
A man of many interests, Hellyer's ideas are not classroom
abstractions. He was born and raised on a farm and his business
experience includes manufacturing, retailing, construction,
land-development, tourism and publishing.
His multi-faceted career, in addition to a near-lifetime in politics
gives Hellyer a rare perspective on what has gone wrong with the
economy and the utter folly of Canada's surrendering more of its
sovereignty to multinational
THE EVIL EMPIRE: Globalization's Darker Side
by Paul Hellyer
Published by: Chimo Media Limited