March 7, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council):

I can give the hon. member
March 7, 1979

Oral Questions CONSUMER AFFAIRS
an assurance that there have not been discussions with the United States with a view to establishing a free trade area.
The Minister of Finance met with Ambassador Strauss on February 23 to discuss and, if possible, settle a number of outstanding bilateral issues between Canada and the United States within the over-all context of the multilateral trade negotiations. I can report that progress has been made. The Minister of Finance is again meeting with Mr. Strauss on his current visit to Washington and, hopefully, further progress will be made. But I would again underline that these discussions are within the context of the trade negotiations and whatever arrangements are reached with the United States would obviously be multilateralized, if I can use that dreadful word, under the most favoured nation arrangements.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNITED STATES
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