IN THE HOUSE ~ on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and income inequality

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M. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NPD): Monsieur le Président, le gouvernement dit vouloir se baser sur les faits, mais il n'y a aucune étude d'impact économique du Partenariat transpacifique. Toutefois, malgré tout, il entend quand même signer cet accord. Ce n'est tout simplement pas responsable. Des études indépendantes ont démontré qu'il y aura des milliers de pertes d'emploi. Ce n'est rien de bon pour réduire les inégalités.

Le ministre peut-il nous dire sur quoi il s'appuie pour signer cet accord qui va nous coûter des milliers de bons emplois au Canada?

M. David Lametti (secrétaire parlementaire de la ministre du Commerce international, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, d'abord, je vous remercie de la question.

Nous avons promis, lors de la campagne électorale, de faire des consultations sur le Partenariat transpacifique, le PTP. Le PTP a été négocié en secret par l'ancien gouvernement et rejeté, sans même avoir été lu par le NPD. Donc, nous avons promis, lors des élections, de consulter. C'est exactement ce que nous sommes en train de faire.

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, let us be clear, the Liberals have never said no to any bad Conservative trade deal, not a single time.

As North American foreign ministers meet, the former Mexican ambassador has spoken out against U.S. tactics on the TPP. In the final deal, the U.S. got far better terms than Canada for auto, putting good Canadian jobs at risk.

Independent studies say the Conservative's lopsided deal could cost 60,000 jobs and will increase inequality.

How can the Liberals possibly justify signing this bad deal?

Mr. David Lametti (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we will sign this deal in order to proceed with consultations, as we have promised the Canadian people.

This deal will be studied in this Parliament, in front of parliamentary committees, and we will continue to consult Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

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