Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Division 1 of part 4 pertains to amendments to the Special Import Measures Act. This is the primary legislation governing Canada's trade remedy system, which provides for the application of duties to address situations where dumped or subsidized imports cause injury to domestic producers.
The Minister of Finance is responsible for the legislation and policies relating to Canada's trade remedy system, which is jointly administered by the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
There are four key legislative amendments being proposed in part 1. The first change relates to the implementation of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement decision, which found that Canada was in breach of its international trade rules. With these changes, Canada's trade remedy system will allow for determination and trade remedy investigation when an individual exporter is found to have an insignificant amount of subsidy or dumping.
The remaining three changes relate to proposals on which public consultations were conducted at this time last year. Two new proceedings will be created related to the enforcement of trade remedy measures.
First, primarily in clauses 87 and 89, there will be new scope proceedings that will provide for binding and appealable rulings as to whether a good is subject to anti-dumping or countervailing duties. These proceedings will enhance transparency and predictability related to the enforcement of trade remedy measures in Canada.
The second set of changes relates to new anti-circumvention investigations. They are primarily in clauses 84 and 89. These new anti-circumvention investigations will provide for the extension of duties to goods from exporters who are modifying their trade patterns specifically to avoid the imposition of duties in Canada. This will provide the Canada Border Services Agency with enhanced tools to address circumvention and more effective enforcement.
Third, CBSA will also be given new powers to respond to situations where market distortions in the country of export make prices unreliable for the purpose of calculating dumping margins, for example, when there are price controls by the government. This will ensure that trade remedy duties are accurately reflecting market conditions in the country under investigation.
Finally, one item that is not in Bill C-44 but was in budget 2017 was the proposal that unions be provided with the right to participate in trade remedy investigations. This change is being implemented in a parallel process, namely regulatory amendments. So it is not in this bill, but was announced in the budget.
Overall, these changes will strengthen Canada's response to unfair trade, better align Canada with our major trading partners, and ensure that we are abiding by international trade obligations. They provide important new tools for trade remedy investigators in Canada while maintaining the system's balance of interest between domestic producers, downstream users, and consumers.
That concludes our presentation.
We would be glad to answer any questions you have.