Hon. Harvie Andre (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons):
Madam Speaker, I think the point the Prime Minister was making was a point that the Minister for International Trade has made on several occasions. The trade deal is the trade deal.
Now the question on a parallel accord respecting the environment and labour codes should have mechanisms for ensuring compliance and so on, but those mechanisms should not effectively undermine the accomplishments of the trade deal.
The Americans have put a position on the table, negotiations are going on and we will see where those negotiations end up. Canada's position is very clear. We do not want to undermine the benefits of the trade deal by adopting inappropriate conclusions on the parallel accord.