MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questioning Government on Proposed Trade Deal with the European Union

March 7, 2012

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians have legitimate concerns about what Ottawa is negotiating away to Europe. Canada's trade relationship with Europe is vital, but the Conservative capitulation means the cost of medication will skyrocket, manufacturing jobs will be lost, and even cities and town will lose their rights. Industry is concerned, cities are concerned, towns are concerned, and Canadian families are concerned.

    Why the secrecy? When will the Conservatives table the European trade agreement so all Canadians can see the results of their actions?

    Mr. Gerald Keddy (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is worth noting that we know that the NDP members are ideologically opposed to trade. They have never supported a free trade agreement in the House, yet this time they are opposed to a trade agreement that is not negotiated yet.

    Perhaps we have ideology gone mad here. I am not quite sure what it is, but after the agreement is negotiated maybe they would have an opinion.