Tracey calls out the government for not closing the deal on NAFTA


Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, MP):

 Mr. Speaker, workers are out in the streets fighting for their jobs because the Liberal government is failing to fix it.

The failure of the Liberals to secure a deal on softwood is seriously threatening forestry jobs. On the eve of NAFTA renegotiations, the lack of a softwood deal is not inspiring much confidence. The Liberals like to talk about their respectful relationship with the U.S., and how they will get the best deal.

How can Canadians trust the government to get a good deal on NAFTA when the Liberals continue to fail to get an agreement on softwood lumber? 

Hon. Andrew Leslie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canadian-U.S. Relations, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, as we know, the previous Conservative government allowed the agreement to lapse.  

We strongly disagree with U.S. commerce department`s decision to impose unfair and punitive duties-  

The Speaker: Order, order. The hon. parliamentary secretary has the floor. 

Hon. Andrew Leslie: Mr. Speaker, we will challenge this U.S. decision in the courts, and we will win, as we have done on every past occasion.  

The Prime Minister raises softwood lumber with President Trump at every opportunity, just as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Trade do. However, we want a good agreement for Canada, not just any deal.