Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Tbade):
Madam Speaker, again my hon. friend is demonstrating ignorance of the issues.
My hon. friend is saying that Canadian companies do not have access to the market. What he ignores when he says that is the level of exports, the market share Canadian companies have in the U.S. market, has gone from about 3.25 per cent recently to the 4 per cent to 5 per cent range. There is access. He cannot blame the problems of the steel industry on lack of access.
If he wants to address what the problems of the steel industry are there is a range of issues he can address, many of which are in the hands of the steel industry and the steel unions themselves and not matters that are the responsibility of governments.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: STEEL INDUSTRY