Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade):
Madam Speaker, my hon. friend asked two questions. The answer to the first question on why we are using the GATT negotiations to resolve the questions on subsidies
June 10, 1993
is that we have seen we can get a greater response from the Americans in the broader context of the Uruguay round than we can in the discussions and negotiations on the FTA.
That is why we are focusing our attention there. If my hon. friend reads the proposals in the Dunkel paper on the Uruguay round negotiations, the GATT negotiations, he will see they are very positive as far as Canada is concerned.
My hon. friend raises a question about the steel industry. The Deputy Prime Minister and I met with steel industry representatives last night. We have agreed on some matters which will be discussed with their representatives. Indeed the representatives of the industry met with officials earlier today to address the problems they have, problems and concerns that we share. We believe we can address this matter much better in a co-operative way as we have agreed last night.
Subtopic: NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT