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View Colin Carrie Profile
CPC (ON)
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2020-03-10 17:37 [p.1912]
Mr. Speaker, I always find the parliamentary secretary's speeches quite entertaining, but there were so many factual inaccuracies there I just do not know where to start. I am on the committee as well and have listened to the witnesses.
One of his comments was really concerning to me. He said that this is going to be a better deal for the auto industry. That is what the Prime Minister said and that is what the Deputy Prime Minister said during the election, but the government's own numbers on this agreement show that it is going to be a $1.5-billion hit to the auto industry, which will decrease production about 1.7%.
When the Liberals took office, there was an agreement called the trans-Pacific partnership that was ready to be signed. It was the new NAFTA, which was a plus $4.3-billion improvement to our GDP, and with this agreement, C.D. Howe Institute said there is going to be a negative $14-billion hit.
How can the member stand here and tell workers in Oshawa, where our plant just closed, that it was a good deal for auto workers, especially given the numbers that his own government took until the very last day to tell Canadians were valid on the economic impact studies? How is a $1.5-billion hit a good deal for automotive?
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