Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):
Mr. Speaker, the Canada-U.S. Trade Agreement, when passed, will give western Canada an opportunity to be a full partner in Confederation.
Excessive rail freight rates to central Canada, which reach their apex in Alberta, have prevented our growth. The vast market to the nearby south will enable us to compete in new manufacturing industries that will bring employment and investment opportunities, and the competition may well reduce the excessive freight rates, something we have never been able to achieve to date.
In addition, our farmers, who have the capacity to produce vast quantities of foods, will find brand new markets that may well stabilize this important segment of our economy. And very important, our poor and aged will get the foods we buy from the U.S. cheaper and then they, too, will be able to enjoy the early vegetables and fruits which today they cannot afford.
We will lose no sovereignty and the buoyancy will bring even better social programs.
Let us pass the trade agreement and make Canada a greater country.
September 15, 1988