IN THE HOUSE ~ Speaking on Canada's Sovereignty under NAFTA

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster)

Mr. Speaker, one of the major issues around NAFTA is the fact that we negotiated access to the American market, or thought we had, through the chapter 19 provision of the dispute settlement mechanism. In return for that, we gave to the Americans privileged and preferential access to our energy resources, which are, as we know, the second largest in the world.

The Americans have not lived up to their end of the bargain in either the spirit or the actual wording of the chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism. I believe that as a result of that we need to be very rigorous, tough and fair with our American friends and tell them they are not living up to their end of the obligations so we are not going to live up to ours.