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View Ed Fast Profile
CPC (BC)
View Ed Fast Profile
2018-10-30 16:14
Ms. Maciunas, thanks for talking about trade. That's an area that I lived for four and a half years.
I want to talk to you about the environmental goods agreement that was negotiated some time ago. It started in 2014 and sort of petered out in 2016. It includes China, which effectively has a veto power, because it is all about consensus.
To what do you attribute the current malaise, or perhaps even failure of that agreement?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all our witnesses for being here today. I'm going to continue along the same line of questioning as Mr. Grewal.
First, I believe it was either Marshall or Keynes who said that in economics you'll often have two different forces coming together, in this case one being NAFTA and the other being tax reform. It cuts like a scissor. It really doesn't matter which blade hits first or the hardest; it eventually cuts.
Would you say that right now tax reform and the lack of competitiveness may be the worse of the two, or should we be advocating that the government look at things like the capital cost allowance as a way forward until we can see more investments, because I think these are at an eight-year low?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thanks.
I'd like to go to the steel producers.
I certainly appreciate that your members produce a lot of great products. I was very proud to support a government that made Canadian steel a big part of our national shipbuilding contracts. I believe there is a national interest in being able to maintain our steel capacity. That being said, though, there are the economics, so you always have to balance between what the consumer can pay. I was very proud that the government said they would support the steel industry by making sure that those ships were built with Canadian steel.
From British Columbia again, we had the experience with steel rebar. We had Chinese, I think Turkish, and possibly Korean rebar coming in, and it was challenged. Many provinces and many different groups participated in the process. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the trade remedy resulted in less Canadian steel being used and more American. That was just how the whole process works.
Given that there are so many different remedies here, can you say we are not going to find ourselves with this new rejigged process with similar kinds of results?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
My understanding is that Ontario still does not sell major product into B.C., and that's where at least I understand the angst of the original action was. I worry that when we put these processes in place, with the best of intentions, it ultimately ends up being where none of us is satisfied with the results.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Minister, can you confirm whether there was ever a proposal for a new softwood lumber agreement put on the table by the U.S.?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay. Then are you saying that Michael Froman, the former U.S. trade representative, misspoke?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Has the government done an economic impact analysis of the state of our forestry industry and how many job losses are expected?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Is the government pushing the U.S. commerce department to hold the duties, as was done in the previous SLA trade war?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to everyone for your presentations today.
I'm going to go through pretty rapid-fire just so I get to as many as I can, and unfortunately I won't be able to get to everyone.
I'll go to Mr. Paterson first. Mr. Paterson, I'm going to give you a lousy analogy. Oftentimes if the economy is viewed as a stage and a production that's going on, I believe the government should set the stage and let actors like GM and other Canadian companies run the production, because government is usually a lousy actor.
I want to talk to you specifically about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You said we should be building the technology. We may not end up installing it. You mentioned intellectual property. Intellectual property provisions in TPP, I believe, with a wide variety of countries, would allow greater protections for Canadian companies operating in those areas. Would you agree with that?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We have learned that the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal supports the trans-Pacific partnership. Does the Union des producteurs agricoles also support the agreement?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Does the Association des marchands dépanneurs et épiciers du Québec also support the agreement?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Moen, and Mr. Brookfield, thank you very much for being here today.
Thank you to our colleagues across the floor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss, our loss, and indeed, Canada's loss, yesterday.
Mr. Moen, we understand that meetings were held last week between the CEOs of the four largest producers in Canada and the USTR. Can you tell me what the outcomes of those meetings were?
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