Tracey demands the government stop reviving the TPP from the dead
October 25th, 2017 - 5:12pm
Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, as we get closer to Halloween, I would like to tell a scary story. Like all good tales of ghosts and zombies, the trans-Pacific partnership is another tale that appeared dead but apparently is not. Despite an overwhelming percentage of Canadians who want it gone, the Liberal government just keeps bringing it back to life. In an access to information request, only two out of 18,000 Canadians wrote to the Liberals in support of the TPP. That is .01%.
Why will the Liberal government not stop reviving Frankenstein and kill the TPP for good?
Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, unlike the NDP, we are a pro-trade party, but unlike the Conservatives, we believe in good trade deals. That is why we renegotiated a progressive version of CETA. That was the only way that CETA was actually moving forward. We continue to work with the United States to ensure that NAFTA is modernized. Yes, we continue to look for opportunities to increase trade with the Pacific, but we look to do so in a progressive way that works for everyone. That is what Canadians expect from this government, that is what we are going to deliver.