IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on CETA and the auto sector

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Question

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, maintenant comme dans toutes les autres domaines, ce gouvernement a un gros problème avec son entente commerciale botchée entre le Canada et l'Europe.

La semaine dernière, nous apprenions que cette entente va faire augmenter le prix de nos médicaments. Aujourd'hui, nous apprenons que l'industrie de l'automobile au Canada est aussi menacée par cette entente. Ces gens s'inquiètent qu'on va vendre à rabais l'industrie canadienne de l'automobile.

Qu'a l'intention de faire le gouvernement maintenant que ce secteur s'est joint à d'autres secteurs, comme l'agriculture, les arts et les municipalités, pour rejeter cette mauvaise entente? Que vont-ils faire maintenant que cette entente...

Le Président: L'honorable secrétaire parlementaire du ministre du Commerce international.

Mr. Gerald Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let me be very clear. The member is simply incorrect in his entire statement.

Canadian manufacturers compete with the best in the world. They can count on our government to continue to open markets and allow them to do this. A trade agreement with the European Union could boost Canada's economy by $12 billion, that includes improvements for sectors across the Canadian economy.

Negotiations are ongoing. There is no agreement yet. The hon. member and Canadians can rest assured that any agreement will be in the best interests of Canadians.

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, that is not what the auto sector is saying.

We have seen what the Conservatives can do. They badly botched negotiations on softwood lumber, costing our softwood communities $1.2 billion, and counting, and 50,000 jobs. Our companies are still being denied access to the U.S. because of botched buy American negotiations.

The auto sector now joins other sectors to say no to the botched EU negotiations.

How can we trust a government so willing to sell out Canadian jobs, that does not do its homework, that does not do its due diligence, that is incompetent at the negotiating table? How can we trust Conservatives when they have failed Canadians again and again?

Mr. Gerald Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I will tell the member what our government is committed to.

We are committed to promoting free trade, opening new markets and creating jobs for Canadians, unlike the member opposite and his party who are committed to creating higher taxes and jobs leaving Canada for the rest of the world. We want jobs to stay in Canada.