December 10, 1987

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. Orlikow:

You are not.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

But the NDP is trying to frighten Canadians. Here is the latest development from the New Democratic Party which is hot off the press. The NDP business development Minister in Manitoba, A1 Mackling, would have Canadians believing that an armed invasion from the United States might occur if Canada tore up the free trade agreement or did not live up to its part of the deal.

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Felix Holtmann

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Holtmann:

Invasion?

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

Have you ever heard anything so silly and ridiculous in your life, Mr. Speaker?

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John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Stick to the motion.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

I am sure the guys at Fort Bragg are having a good chuckle today after that. The Hon. Member for Winnipeg North says we are not telling the truth. What about the nonsense of an armed invasion which the NDP is spreading around the countryside. It is such utter nonsense.

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Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blackburn (Brant):

He was wrong. Tell us about free trade and farm implements.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

Let us get to the crux of the motion. I want to emphasize the importance of this free trade agreement to all regions and all sectors of our economy and talk about the unprecedented program of consultation with Canadians. If the Hon. Member for Brant (Mr. Blackburn) would sit back and relax, 1 will let him speak after me-

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Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blackburn (Brant):

A thousand jobs have been lost in Brantford on free trade.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

That had a lot to do with free trade, sure.

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John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

You lunkhead. If they had an Auto Pact there it would not have happened.

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Marcel Danis (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Order, please. Can we allow the Member to continue his speech? The Hon. Member.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

We sure have the New Democrats going this morning, Mr. Speaker.

December 10, 1987

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As I was saying before I was so dramatically interrupted, the consultations that we have had in the last number of years with Canadians on the free trade negotiations are unprecedented. Most legitimate, if not all legitimate studies done outside of Government have recommended that we enter into these trade negotiations. It was most important that this be done to protect and enlarge our markets. From the time the negotiations were begun, we have had those consultations and they have allowed us to enter into a two-way dialogue with business, labour, consumers, and with the provinces. The core of the system of consultation has been the International Trade Advisory Committee system to provide a two-way flow of information and advice between the Government and the private sector.

Under the distinguished chairmanship of Mr. Walter Light, bringing together more than 40 leaders from business, labour, consumer groups, and academia, the ITAC, the International Trade Advisory Committee, has concerned itself with broad matters relating to international trade access and marketing. It has made valuable recommendations to the free trade agreement negotiation process.

Complementing the work of ITAC are 15 sectoral advisory groups of international trade, SAGITs. The SAGITs represent a broad cross-section of the Canadian economy. For the record, I wish to cover the sectors that are represented. There is agriculture, food and beverage; fish and fish products; minerals and metals; energy products and services; chemicals and petrochemicals; forest products; industrial, marine and rail equipment; automotive and aerospace; textiles, footwear and leather; apparel and fur; consumer and household products; communications, computer equipment and services; financial services; general services; arts and cultural industries.

The SAGITs were all selected in close co-operation and consultation with various national trade groups, provincial Governments, and labour. Both the ITACs and the SAGITs were provided regular briefings on the state of the negotiations by the senior negotiators of the trade negotiation office, and had the opportunity to formulate recommendations directly to the Minister for International Trade (Miss Carney). More than 150 meetings of the sectoral advisory committees and their working groups have been held over the past 18 months. We asked for advice, we listened to it, and we acted on it.

Over and above the formal SAGIT consultations there have been dozens of briefings and consultations by officials from the trade negotiations office with all segments of the private sector. Recently the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) has held extensive consultations-

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Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blackburn (Brant):

Couldn't sell free trade to the farmers either.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

-with representatives of grape growers and wineries in the Provinces of Ontario and British Columbia-

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Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

They turned them down four to one.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

-to discuss mechanisms to facilitate the process of adjustment.

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Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blackburn (Brant):

Give us the whole story, John.

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Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

Don't just put your side of the story.

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John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McDermid:

In addition, for weeks government Ministers and other Members of the House have been criss-crossing the country holding meetings, speaking, answering questions, and appearing on radio and television all in an effort to enhance the two-way dialogue with Canadians on this important issue.

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December 10, 1987