IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)
November 23rd, 2007 - 6:09pm
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, disingenuously the Prime Minister is attempting to convince Canadians that the SPP is about nothing more harmful than jelly beans. Unfortunately, his government's own internal documents, when they are not totally censored, tell a different story about a wide and dense agenda. The SPP involves the giveaway of Canada's energy resources and water resources and the dumbing down, the worst thing, on lowering of regulatory standards in over 300 areas, including transportation safety, food safety, consumer and environmental standards. So much for jelly beans.
Will the Prime Minister respect Canadians and come clean on his dirty SPP agenda?
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Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, in a competitive global economy Canada benefits from strong relationships with our North American neighbours. Under the SPP we are working to ensure Canadian firms continue to have access to U.S. suppliers and American markets. We are working with our neighbours on smart border initiatives, infrastructure improvements and regulatory cooperation. It is something on which the NDP should be supporting us instead of going against the government.
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