IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ How can Canadians have confidence in the Minister of Industry when even the PM does not trust him to do his job?

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Supplementary Question

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we have learned that CNOOC and Nexen have jointly withdrawn and resubmitted their bid for U.S. Nexen assets because of CFIUS and because of a clear review process in the U.S.

    However, here in Canada the Minister of Industry continues to evade public and parliamentary scrutiny. He has refused to come up with a transparent review process. He has failed in establishing clear criteria, and now we learn that the Conservatives have chosen the Prime Minister's unelected chief of staff to manufacture some investment guidelines, still in secret. It is a mess.

     How can Canadians have confidence in the Minister of Industry when even the Prime Minister does not trust him to do his job?

    Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the opposition likes to speak light about everything, but to be clear, we will not speak light on any review. This is a responsible approach.

    We are open for foreign investment, and these foreign investments have to provide net benefit for Canada.

    We will not push the agenda like the NDP, which would virtually block everything: no investment; no free trade. This is not responsible.

    We will not rubber stamp any form of investment, like the Liberals would do, like they said last week.

    Canadians can count on responsible government on this file.