Hon. Roy MacLaren (Etobicoke North):
Madam Speaker, the minister has claimed repeatedly that the NAFTA will not be altered by the side agreements. However, the United States administration is now demanding a third side agreement, an agreement on import surges.
The minister knows that such an agreement would modify the existing provisions of NAFTA which could in turn require amendments to the Canadian legislation which the government recently pressed through the House of Commons.
How can the minister continue to assert that the side agreements will not affect the nature of NAFTA?