Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)
New Democratic Party
Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops-Shuswap):
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure and honour to present a petition on behalf of a number of petitioners from the great City of Kamloops, British Columbia. They believe that the federal Government still lacks a mandate from the people of Canada to conclude a trade deal with the United States. They believe that in the course of the negotiations Canadian sovereignty was compromised. They also feel that this deal would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future and would undermine Canada's ability to build a society distinct from that of the U.S.
Therefore, they call upon Parliament to dissolve now to allow the people of Canada an opportunity to accept or reject the proposed trade deal during a national general election.