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View Vance Badawey Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to continue on from where I left off earlier, as well as piggyback on Mr. Sarai's questions and what I was getting at with the appellate body.
Frankly, when an appeal is brought to the WTO, it does place a sense of vulnerability on the sector because of the time not only during but afterwards as well, depending on the decision.
What mechanisms are in place to overcome non-favourable WTO decisions that come down from the body? What contingency plans do we have in place to help sectors overcome some of those decisions? The more I think about it, I realize that the more appropriate question would be this: Do we actually need the body?
Look at NAFTA. We have dispute resolution as part of NAFTA. Would it not be more appropriate, more disciplined, more mature with respect to how to conduct a business activity and less arbitrary if the body was dismantled altogether, and what was actually encouraged—I say “encouraged” because I don't want to use too strong of a word—was that these arbitration arrangements, as we have here in an interim fashion would be once again encouraged with a new association?
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