Tracey calls on the government to reveal their priorities on trade with China

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, before establishing official trade talks with China, issues with human, environmental, and labour rights must be addressed, and despite their recent report on Canadian job loss due to existing trade with China, the Liberals seem keen on pushing through a deal, but, once again, they are completely lacking transparency. First, the PM was going to China to talk trade; then he was not. In China, he talked trade, but there was no deal. Then, at the last minute, his trade minister stayed behind to work on a deal. What is going on?

When will the government be clear with Canadians and reveal its China trade list of priorities?

L’hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, Lib.):

Monsieur le Président, le Canada est une nation fondée sur le commerce et l'accès à des marchés diversifiés et en croissance est essentiel pour faire croître notre économie et créer de bons emplois. Comme nous l'avons dit depuis le début, si nous approfondissons notre engagement économique avec la Chine, nous le faisons selon nos conditions, da nos intérêts, en respectant nos valeurs et à notre propre rythme.