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View Daniel Blaikie Profile
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I'm glad to hear that there is some of that back and forth, but I am curious how that doesn't provide a sufficient basis for an economic impact study if that analysis is already being done as we evaluate items at the table and decide whether to agree or not. How is it not possible to collate a lot of that information into a kind of interim economic analysis or some kind of preliminary document that would help people here and across the country start the work of trying to understand what I'm glad to hear negotiators do already understand? You wouldn't know it by the quantity of information coming out of government.
That's where I'm perplexed. It's not just in the case of Canada-U.S. We know that our European trading partners do an economic analysis at the outset before they start negotiation about possible scenarios.
It's concerning to me that Canada doesn't appear to do that work, and if the work is being done, I don't understand why it's not possible to produce at least a version of something that could be released publicly to start providing some of that food for thought and to inform some of the discussions that happen, whether they're on the aluminum sector or on softwood lumber—you name the sector that's going to be affected. If the information is already there—and I hope it is and I'm hearing it is—I don't see why it isn't possible to release more information earlier on.
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