Evidence of meeting #5 for International Trade in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was negotiations.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

I've got lots of questions on the EU--

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Merrifield

Then I think you should get to those.

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

--but they can go to the negotiator, and if we're going to.... What's that old saying, fiddling around while Rome burned? Well, I believe the Government of Canada is missing and killing Canadian jobs by not paying attention to what's going on in the United States. That's our most important market.

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Merrifield

You mentioned that before, but the minister is here on the EU and the time is tight. Do you have a question on the EU or not?

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

I will disagree with you, Mr. Chair--

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Rob Merrifield

That's fine. You have the right to disagree with me, but--

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

--and I think you're wrong. It never happened before that a chair prevented a minister from answering questions, but we'll get to that at another stage.

Let me turn back to the CETA.

You've said, and the government has said several times, that supply management is not on the table. Then let me ask you this question, and we know common agriculture policy's not on the table: are tariffs relative to dairy products, eggs and egg products, and poultry part of the discussions with the Europeans?

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Fast Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Easter, as I mentioned in my speech, as the Prime Minister has articulated many times, as the throne speech--

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

That's not my question.

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Fast Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Easter, let me respond. We've made it very clear that we will defend Canada's system of supply management.

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

But defending--

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Fast Abbotsford, BC

It is an unambiguous position. I know you would prefer that it be ambiguous so you can turn it into a story--

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

No, no.

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Fast Abbotsford, BC

--but we have taken a very strong position on supply management. Not only that, we have consulted broadly with the supply managed sector--

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

That's fine. Mr. Minister, supply management is made up of three pillars. One of them is tariffs. I'm asking you the question directly, are tariffs relative to egg and egg products, poultry, and dairy products part or not part of the discussions?