Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International TFade):
Madam Speaker, I do not know where my friend has been. There is nothing new about the proposal on import surges. That was signalled by the U.S. president when he was running for president back in October 1992. There is nothing new in this.
My hon. says: "Let us clarify matters with relation to subsidies". That is precisely what we are doing during the Uruguay round negotiations. I am sure he would be very pleased to see that those negotiations have progressed significantly with the meeting I chaired in Toronto about a month ago and then the subsequent meeting in Paris last week that I attended with my counterparts in other countries. We will be continuing this process later this month in Tokyo.
We will be able to get a very solid response to the concerns he has expressed about subsidies which we share. We have agreed with the United States that we would pursue this through the Uruguay round.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT