Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, 1 wish to present a petition in which the petitioners indicate that the Conservative Government had no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States. The Prime Minister promised that Canadian sovereignty would not be compromised. By removing the power of the Canadian Government to exclusively control foreign ownership, to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians, and to equalize opportunities between the regions, the proposed trade agreement would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future. The proposed trade agreement not only denies Canadians secure
access to the U.S. market, but threatens the loss of hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs.
Therefore, the undersigned petitioners call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.
Sub-subtopic: CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT