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CPC (BC)
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2020-02-05 16:25
Let me just start by asking a follow-up question on Mr. Carrie's concerns, and that is about the economic impact statement. We have asked Minister Freeland for that for months now. Obviously, we as a committee, and certainly we on the opposition side, are not prepared to buy a pig in a poke. We want to know exactly what Canada is signing onto and the impact that this agreement will have on our economy.
I note that the United States, back in April of last year, completed its own economic impact assessment, some 400 pages, telling Americans and their decision-makers exactly what was in the agreement and the impact it would have on their economy. It just baffles me why our government—and, by the way, I'm not pinning this to your shoulder. I'm saying it's the government's failure to deliver on something essential when we're dealing with the largest trade agreement Canada will ever, ever be party to.
I'm going to ask you, first of all, to pass on our profound disappointment to the minister about her failure to deliver on this right now.
Can you, Steve, provide us with assurances that before final ratification takes place, before this committee process is finished, we will have an economic impact assessment available to all of us MPs around the table?
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