IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Question

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les négociations sur l'entente avec l'Europe se font derrière des portes closes. On sait déjà que les conservateurs aiment vendre à rabais les intérêts des Canadiens, et on en voit les résultats. Le bois d'oeuvre? Botché. L'entente avec le Panama, paradis de l'évasion fiscale? Botché. L'accord Buy American? Botché.

Pour l'Europe, où sont les études d'impact sur le système de santé, les services publics, les achats publics, la gestion de l'offre et l'environnement? Va-t-il nous les livrer ici au plus vite, plutôt que de faire une autre entente botchée?

(1ST QUESTION-IN ENGLISH)Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives said that before. The government has a reputation for not doing its homework. For softwood lumber, that cost Canadian $1.2 billion and 50,000 lost jobs and counting. The demands of the E.U. multinationals are clear, changes to our laws to make it harder for affordable generic drugs to come on the market. This could cost $2.8 billion a year, taken out of our health care system.

The Conservatives have just never met a trading partner they were not happy to sell out to. Will the minister for once come clean with Canadians and let Canadians know how much he has given up at the table this time?

(REPLY FROM MINISTER) Hon. Peter Van Loan (Minister of International Trade, CPC): Mr. Speaker, on the contrary. We are undertaking these negotiations because of the positive impact on Canadians and the Canadian economy. There was a study done in advance of these negotiations that indicated there would be a benefit to the Canadian economy of $12 billion annually, a positive benefit. There was a study done, and we continue to consult with Canadians across a broad range of sectors. That is why, when you talk to any business group in Canada, almost any chamber of commerce, any group of Canadians that come from Europe who recognize the tremendous ties we have and see the potential there, realize that this is a huge opportunity to create jobs and prosperity for Canadians from coast to coast.

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives said that before. The government has a reputation for not doing its homework. For softwood lumber, that cost Canadian $1.2 billion and 50,000 lost jobs and counting. The demands of the E.U. multinationals are clear, changes to our laws to make it harder for affordable generic drugs to come on the market. This could cost $2.8 billion a year, taken out of our health care system.

The Conservatives have just never met a trading partner they were not happy to sell out to. Will the minister for once come clean with Canadians and let Canadians know how much he has given up at the table this time?

(REPLY FROM MINISTER) Hon. Peter Van Loan (Minister of International Trade, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we are in the process of negotiating and the issues the member addresses have not even been tackled yet. The negative results he talks about are simply not there. We do know, though, that under the NDP we would not have a single free trade agreement with another country in the world. This is for a country of 33 million people that is two-thirds dependent on trade internationally. Canadians understand that.

They realize the NDP is misguided, living in the past, and wants fortress Canada separate and apart from the world. That is not the Canadian way. We are going to engage with the world, trade with the world, and compete with the best in the world because Canadians can and they do and they succeed. That is why Canada is successful today economically, ahead of all our competitors.