IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Is this really what Conservatives came to do: sell out Canada's natural resources?

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, il y a deux ans les conservateurs ont promis à la suite des pressions du NPD de nouvelles règles pour les investissements au Canada. En fin de semaine, les Canadiens ont appris que de nouvelles règles allaient finalement voir le jour,

mais seulement après que les conservateurs ont approuvé la vente de Nexen à

CNOOC. C'est très irresponsable.

Comment les conservateurs peuvent-ils prétendre qu'ils agissent de façon responsable alors qu'ils refusent de consulter les Canadiens sur la mainmise de Nexen et nos ressources naturelles par CNOOC?

L'hon. Christian Paradis (ministre de l'Industrie et ministre d'État (Agriculture), PCC): Monsieur le Président, au contraire, notre gouvernement est responsable. D'un côté, le NPD refuserait toute forme d'investissement étranger, parce que selon sa ligne d'action, il est contre les échanges

commerciaux; de l'autre, le Parti libéral accueille aveuglément toute forme d'investissement étranger.

Je peux donc vous assurer que les Canadiens peuvent compter sur un gouvernement responsable, qui prendra le temps d'étudier les transactions, au mérite, cas par cas, de façon minutieuse.

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have an agenda all right, but it seems to be an agenda of incompetence when we look at their record. They missed the national security deadline and have been making decisions at midnight. Now the Financial Post tells us Conservatives are now scrambling to come up with new foreign takeover rules.

With one hand, Conservatives are promising to limit foreign state ownership of our resources, but, with other hand, are signing a deal to sell off Alberta's

ore resources to a Chinese state-owned company.

Is this really what Conservatives came to Ottawa to do, to sell out Canada and sell off Alberta's natural resources? Why will they not consult Canadians?

Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), CPC): Mr. Speaker, we improved the act and the NDP has virtually opposed everything we have done. For example, providing new provisions on national security, it opposed that.

On one side is the NDP that would stop any form of foreign investment in the country and on the other side is the Liberal Party that would rubber stamp any form of investment, as we heard last week.

Canadians can count on a responsible government to make sure that each transaction is carefully scrutinized and this is exactly what we are doing in the best

interests of Canadians.

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