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View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
View Luc Berthold Profile
2017-10-19 15:03 [p.14313]
Mr. Speaker, it is clear that negotiating a new softwood lumber agreement has never been a priority for this government.
In Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, for example, about 5,000 jobs are connected with this vital sector. These jobs are highly vulnerable due to the U.S. government's new tariffs. The Liberals' inaction could have disastrous consequences for thousands of families who depend on forestry.
Will the current government do the only thing that makes sense: defend this vital industry against the pernicious attacks of foreign-funded groups and support the opposition motion to defend forestry workers?
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I want to assure my colleague that softwood lumber is indeed a priority for me and our government. This issue is very important to us and to Canadians. I want to reiterate that the countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce are punitive and unfair.
We are working closely with the Province of Quebec, the industry, and workers. I also want to emphasize that we want a good deal, not just any deal.
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
BQ (QC)
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
2017-10-19 15:09 [p.14314]
Mr. Speaker, cheese producers from Lac-Saint-Jean and throughout Quebec still have not been compensated for the losses they will incur in the wake of the free trade agreement with the European Union. Supply management is being threatened by both the TPP and NAFTA.
What does the Prime Minister do? He takes selfies.
Instead of acting like a rock star, when will the Prime Minister send a clear message to the U.S. and Asian negotiators: no supply management, no negotiation?
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
2017-10-19 15:09 [p.14314]
Mr. Speaker, I think my hon. colleague is well aware that I announced in the House that the Government of Canada has put in place a $350 million package for the dairy industry and the supply management sector: $250 million goes to the dairy farmers for innovation, and $100 million goes to the processing sector.
Our government has supported and will continue to support supply management in this country.
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
BQ (QC)
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
2017-10-19 15:10 [p.14315]
Mr. Speaker, that is a lot of empty rhetoric. Where are the 40 phantom Liberal MPs from Quebec, the 40 subservient MPs?
While the gaze of the agricultural world is fixed on the NAFTA negotiations, other negotiations are underway to determine the future of the trans-Pacific—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
BQ (QC)
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
2017-10-19 15:11 [p.14315]
Mr. Speaker, while the gaze of the agricultural world is fixed on the NAFTA negotiations, other negotiations are underway to determine the future of the trans-Pacific partnership, and supply management is still on the table.
Will the Minister of International Trade promise not to use supply management as a bargaining chip in the TPP negotiations at the expense of Quebec?
View François-Philippe Champagne Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to salute my colleague.
We have been very clear: we will always defend supply management. We said so in French and we said so in English. The 40 Liberal MPs on this side of the House are working for farmers across the country. I can assure my colleague that we will always be there to defend supply management. We have always worked for farmers. People know that on this side of the House we do not just ask questions, we take action for our farmers.
View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
View Luc Berthold Profile
2017-10-18 15:04 [p.14235]
Mr. Speaker, today's answers clearly show that the Liberal government has a serious credibility problem because they live in a world that is out of reach for the middle class. The government keeps its word only as long as the cameras are rolling. The more the Liberals repeat something, the more people should be worried. Their tax reform that attacks farmers proves it. The parliamentary secretary for Canada-U.S. relations was clear. The government has room to negotiate with the Americans on supply management.
Can the Prime Minister confirm this?
The parliamentary secretary basically revealed the government's true position.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2017-10-18 15:04 [p.14235]
Mr. Speaker, I speak on behalf of all the members on this side of the House when I say that we will always stand up for supply management. It was a previous Liberal government that implemented it. The Liberal Party and all its members will always stand up for supply management. Unfortunately, the members opposite cannot say the same.
View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
View Luc Berthold Profile
2017-10-18 15:05 [p.14235]
Mr. Speaker, on October 11, in a debate that was televised, recorded, and broadcast in the United States, the parliamentary secretary said this:
“Is there room to discuss and negotiate? Of course.”
Contrary to what the Prime Minister and the ministers are saying, the truth is that the Liberals are ready to make concessions with respect to our supply management system.
Will the Prime Minister chastise the parliamentary secretary for giving the Americans that opening? Any concession will have disastrous consequences for dairy, egg, and poultry producers.
Will the Prime Minister promise to protect the integrity of the supply management system?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2017-10-18 15:06 [p.14235]
Mr. Speaker, I just want to say how pleased I am to see how enthusiastic the member opposite is about supply management, and I hope he will talk about it on Wednesday mornings. I can assure everyone that the Liberal Party will always defend supply management. The system works for our producers and our consumers. We have managed to negotiate plenty of international agreements without infringing on supply management. We will always defend supply management.
View Simon Marcil Profile
BQ (QC)
View Simon Marcil Profile
2017-10-17 10:12 [p.14154]
Mr. Speaker, the American administration's desire to abolish supply management constitutes an unprecedented threat to Quebec agriculture.
By calling for the abolition of our agricultural model, American negotiators are out to get our dairy farmers and poultry producers. This is happening right now. Canada's negotiators need to walk away from the negotiating table any time supply management is mentioned.
The urgent nature of this debate is quite clear. We need to take action in the House today. We will not allow the Americans to destroy our agriculture. This is a fundamental issue for Quebec, and quite frankly, for the rest of Canada too. We voted unanimously on a motion to fully maintain supply management, which is currently being threatened. We will not allow that. We have had enough of the ridiculous demands of the American administration. Once the Americans are ready to get serious and negotiate a free trade agreement that works for everyone, they will come back to the table, but for now, we need to send a clear message. We will not allow anyone to destroy our agricultural sector.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Geoff Regan Profile
2017-10-17 10:13 [p.14155]
I thank the hon. member for Mirabel for raising this important matter. However, I find that the request does not meet the exigencies of the Standing Orders at this time.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, it was confirmed today that the Americans are demanding an end to our supply management system within the next 10 years. They are also demanding 5% of our market. When it comes to protecting our supply management system, the Liberals are certainly used to kowtowing to our trade partners. For us, however, the protection of our supply management system is non-negotiable, and we will not allow it to be chipped away any further.
To avoid repeating the same errors that were made with CETA and the trans-Pacific partnership 11, can the minister confirm today that the Liberals will not allow the agreement to be chipped away any further?
View Jean-Claude Poissant Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Jean-Claude Poissant Profile
2017-10-17 14:34 [p.14193]
Mr. Speaker, our government strongly supports Canada's supply management system and Canadian families and producers. Our government remains committed to listening to what Canadians have to say about international trade. We recently held a round table on NAFTA with Canadian farmers, including dairy, poultry, and egg producers. The proposals our American partners have made regarding supply management are unacceptable, and we will continue to support the supply management system and all agricultural interests.
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