My friend says: "At a Mexican standard". I want to tell him right now that I have just come back from the Far East. I talked with a number of entrepreneurs in Hong Kong who are hiring labour in south China, Bangladesh and Vietnam at 50 cents an hour. Mexican labour in their terms is just four times too expensive.
The fact of the matter is that Mexico is expensive compared to the world cost of labour. What we have to do is win and we have to win by using our intelligence, our confidence and our basic understanding of how things work to beat world competition. We cannot expect the world to give to us because we happen to be Canadians. We have to win our place in this world. Until opposition members understand that we will never get any sense out of them. They believe we can go back to the days of Sir John A., put up a big tariff barrier, make sure all sorts of uneconomic production exists in Canada and therefore people are employed in Canada to produce uneconomic results.
I am sorry. It will not work any more. The world is not like that any longer. That is not the world we live in. I am soriy we cannot have what we used to have. We used to
have a situation in Canada where we could have a whole series of manufacturers producing only for the Canadian market. We could sell as Canadians our raw resources to the world and make a profit. Raw resources today do not win. Any countiy that tries to win and create on raw resources will go nowhere.
We have a situation where the parties in opposition advocate a policy of not just yesterday, a month ago, a year ago, seven years ago, but 50 years ago. They are advocating a 50-year old policy. That is what they are, a dinosaur party of a long time ago.
Whatever we heard from the other side tonight it is the kind of thing that no longer works in the world. It certainly will not work in Canada. We cannot have a policy based on the new dinosaur concept that we can protect every job by a higher tariff, that we can protect every occupation with a high stone wall against the world.
We have to sell our manufacturers to the world. We have to sell our technology to the world. We have to sell our resources to the world. We have to sell them at prices the world will find competitive. If we do not we will not have the standard of living we have.
Until we are prepared to deal on a world economy basis then we had better understand there is no protection for any job, any position or any occupation in this country. We have to be competitive. Until we are competitive we have no future. The free trade agreement we have with the United States helps us dramatically in terms of our competition. It has given us the opportunity to be competitive with large American corporations on a world basis.
As we expand that free trade agreement with Mexico and hopefully Chile and Argentina, hopefully with all South America, we will be able to have a bloc of free trade countries in the world in which we can sell our expertise, our telephones, our commuter aircraft and our high-tech stuff. That makes sense. As long as we can do that we will be successful.
On the other hand we could go back. We could follow the New Democratic Party. It would keep policy tariffs up. It would make sure that we are a little country with little minds. We would have a lower and lower standard of living. The fact of the matter is that the objectives of the other side are such that they are a denial of where the countiy is going in the world. They deny globaliza-
May 25, 1993
tion. They deny the fact that people have changed and the productive systems in the world have changed.
We have to refute that denial. We have to support this bill. We have to deny the various foolish amendments that have been put before us at report stage. I think the amendments before us must be denied.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: MEASURE TO ENACT