Mr. Derek Blackburn (Brant):
Madam Speaker, I would like to make a comment and put a question.
Much has been made in this Chamber during various debates on NAFTA of the fact that the administration in Mexico City has put in place and is putting in place modem laws with respect to environmental protection, employment standards, unemployment insurance and so on; in other words to bring the laws in those two vital
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areas in their country up to the standards of similar laws in the United States and in Canada.
As we also know, Mexico has had a criminal justice system and a charter of rights for some 175 years I believe. Yet we also know that the criminal justice system in that country is rotten and corrupt from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top.
I have discussed this with Mexicans, friends of mine who live there and people to whom I have talked to in that country who drive their vehicles after dark in fear. These are not peasants. These are fairly well to do Mexican citizens.
The question I put to my friend who just spoke I would have liked to put to the minister as well. What greater assurances do we have today that Mexico will apply and administer its labour laws and its environmental laws with any greater degree of honesty, integrity and fairness than that country has for over 150 years applied its criminal justice system? Money under the table and indeed over the table is what often counts and not the merits of the case.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-TRADE