Downtown protest focuses on trade deal with China
By Valerie Fortney
She has joined forces with Brian Seaman, a Calgary-based human rights and civil liberties lawyer, along with Idle No More activist Chantal Chagnon, for what is billed as a rally and round dance, in support of the Hupacasath, a small group of First Nation people who live near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. It’s an angry but peaceful protest against the federal government.
“We are not against economic development,” Thrush explains. “We are against greed and lying and selling out the land.”
Thrush and about a dozen fellow protesters are at Olympic Plaza to bring awareness to the federal government’s looming 31-year trade agreement with China, known as a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, or FIPPA.