IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA)
October 25th, 2010 - 4:00am
40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, after the softwood lumber sell-out, the shipbuilding sellout and other sellouts, the government is now throwing everything on the table in a desperate act to sign the worst possible trade deal with one of the best possible partners, the European Community.
Why will the minister not reveal to Parliament the specific costs and negative impacts of this deal now, on government procurement policy, on Canada's supply management sector, on the lives of Canadian farmers and on concessions to big pharma, to name but a few?
Will the minister come clean now and reveal these costs and impacts, and end the secrecy so Canadians can know what is at stake?
Mr. Gerald Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, of course, the hon. member knows the answer before I give it. In this time of economic uncertainty, our government is working to open new doors for Canadian businesses and help create jobs.
The economic agreement with the European Union has the potential to generate a $12 billion boost to our economy and increase bilateral trade by over 20%.
We will continue to work closely with all of our partners, including the provinces and the territories, and we are pleased to have found a way to involve them in this negotiation.