IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ We are seven days away from a final deadline on Nexen - where are those foreign investment guidelines??

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, ce sont 350 000 chômeurs de plus. Les familles canadiennes méritent mieux que ça, c'est sûr.

    Les conservateurs refusent tout débat public concernant l'accord de commerce avec la Chine. Ils refusent toute consultation publique sur la nationalisation de nos ressources naturelles par une entreprise d'État chinoise. Ils sont incapables d'élaborer des critères claires.

    Un gouvernement sérieux consulterait les experts, les investisseurs et surtout le public, mais il nous reste sept jours.

    Quand est-ce que les nouvelles règles vont-elles sortir, et quand est-ce que ce gouvernement va-t-il être enfin responsable?

    L'hon. Christian Paradis (ministre de l'Industrie et ministre d'État (Agriculture), PCC): Monsieur le Président, effectivement, les Canadiens peuvent compter sur un gouvernement qui a une approche responsable. On est ouvert à l'investissement étranger en autant que l'investissement étranger procure un avantage net pour le Canada. Ce qu'on a de l'autre côté de la Chambre, c'est le NPD avec un agenda radical, irresponsable, anti-investissement et anti-échanges commerciaux.

    Chaque transaction proposée au Canada est évaluée au mérite en fonction des meilleurs bénéfices et intérêts canadiens. C'est l'approche qu'on va continuer de tenir.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, under a responsible NDP government we will have clear criteria. We will consult Canadians because Canadians deserve better than what they are getting from the government. Incompetence, thy name is Conservative.

    We are seven days away from a final deadline on Nexen and there is still no criteria, no transparency, and Canadians have been completely shut out. Billions are at stake and so is control of Canada's natural resources. Industry has no clue what is going on. Wall Street traders are confused. Share prices are falling fast, so where is the new criteria? When will the government do its work? When will it start to act responsibly?

    Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), CPC): Mr. Speaker, clearly the criteria proposed by the NDP members is no investment at all, no trade at all, no progress at all in terms of the economy. They propose a carbon tax of $21.5 million on the shoulders of Canadians. It would be a job-killing tax. They want to tax everything. They want to raise taxes everywhere. That is not responsible.

    We welcome foreign investment that provides net benefit for Canada. Each single transaction is reviewed under its own merit.

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