Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):
Mr. Speaker, I am rising to express my extreme regret about the Government's handling of the United States Trade and Tariff Act 1984. You will be aware that as of next week legislation in the United States Congress will be passed which will adversely affect Canada's steel industry by requiring identification of Canadian pipe entering the United States.
I rise on behalf of the people of Hamilton and all those who are concerned about the steel industry, particularly in view of the Government's alleged positive relationship with the President of the United States. It seems to me that it would have been appropriate for the Minister for International Trade (Mr. Kelleher) at the very least to go to the United States directly to lobby, to ensure that Canadians would be exempted from the trade and tariff changes that will adversely affect our industry as of November 13.
In view of the new spirit of co-operation that has been developed between the Canadian and American Governments, I would suggest that the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) exercise his influence with the President of the United States with a little more than a tea party at the Rose Garden, by ensuring that the Congressional Act which will become effective on November 13 will exempt Canadian steel from the labelling provisions.
Topic: ENTRY OF CANADIAN STEEL PRODUCTS TO UNITED STATES