Mr. Speaker, when they came to power, the federal Liberals suddenly became proponents of free trade, a position which has always been defended by the sovereignist movement.
Last summer, Canada signed a free trade agreement with the state of Israel. Trade between Israel and Canada is worth about $450 million annually.
This week, Canada signed a free trade agreement with Chile. In 1995, trade between the two countries was worth $666 million.
In light of these agreements, we conclude that the Canadian government should have no reservations about reaching an agreement with a country with which trade is worth more than $60 billion annually, while also helping to maintain of 800,000 direct jobs.
Therefore, we have every reason to believe that a sovereign Quebec will be one of Canada's trading partners par excellence.