IN THE HOUSE ~ Bill C-365, An Act to amend the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (appointment of permanent members).

30th Parliament, 2nd Session
Context : Introduction of Private Members' Bills
Bill C-365. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-365, An Act to amend the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (appointment of permanent members).

He said: Madam Speaker, I thank my seconder, the member for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, who has a proud history of standing up for ordinary Canadians.

The trade strategy of the government is a massive, overwhelming failure, and one of the reasons why is because the institutions that we have are institutions that do not provide for ordinary workers' representatives. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is essentially only represented by business, and only business can actually start the actions that lead to anti-dumping findings and defend Canadian jobs here at home.

My bill would essentially put into place a representative from labour that would then be, in a very real sense, the eyes and ears of ordinary working Canadians, the labour movement, so that the decisions of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal would be more in Canada's interests and more in the interests of ordinary working people.

I certainly hope that this adjustment to the trade tribunal will receive the support from all four corners of this House.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)