Mr. Speaker, our intent in the amendments is to neutralize the effects of the Helms-Burton law. It is a last resort measure. It is one I hope we never have to engage in. It is a framework law which allows that if a company is sued in the United States courts, we could either block them from getting any of the assets of the Canadian company here in Canada or a court action could be instituted here in Canada to recover any funds. It is to neutralize the effect.
I hope that it acts as an effective deterrent and that companies think twice before they proceed in the U.S. courts under Helms-Burton.
The United States government's quarrel is with the Cubans. It should not be drawing the Canadians or any other country into that quarrel.