Mr. Speaker, what is the price we will have to pay for the so-called free trade agreement? It could be staggering. First there will be job losses. No one knows the exact number but some estimates run as high as 500,000 jobs, as indicated by the Minister of Employment and Immigration (Mr. Bouchard) himself. We will then lose our ability to shape our own economy and to develop our own economic, social and environmental policies.
In the case of energy, we give the United States guaranteed access to our resources without getting guaranteed access to U.S. resources. Furthermore, we will give away the power to set our own prices for our own energy. Our own decision making powers in energy matters will be seriously diminished. Of course, these conclusions are based on the information available so far. Believe it or not, Mr. Speaker, we have not yet seen the final text of the trade agreement.
There is, of course, an alternative. We could liberalize trade between provinces and liberalize trade internationally, not just in North America. We are better suited for an international trade policy. We must reverse the decline in Canadian trade with other parts of the world. What we want first and foremost is not to give away our ability to determine the future we want for this and future generations of Canadians.
Subtopic: EFFECT OF CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT