Mr. Sergio Marchi (York West):
Mr. Speaker, when it was time to stand up to be counted with my Leader's efforts to let the people decide the fate of the Mulroney trade deal, the NDP ran away from the challenge. Not only did the NDP's weekend retreat represent a reversal of its initial position of support, it also depicted a Party lacking political backbone.
When the purpose of this political stand was to guarantee the people of Canada a say before the deal is finalized, the NDP ignored this principle and chose instead to attack the role of the Senate. Yet it was the same NDP which encouraged Senators in their crusade against an unjust drug Bill. It was the same NDP which cheered the Senate on as it studied and challenged the legitimacy of the Government's two refugee Bills. Does not this trade deal, which will alter the very fabric of our country, merit similar scrutiny by the Senate?
History will show that when the political going got tough with the trade deal, the NDP got going. Members of the NDP wimped out. They blinked. In so doing, they failed to stand up for Canadians' indisputable right to shape the destiny and future of their own country.
Subtopic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Sub-subtopic: CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-POSITION OF NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY