Mr. Speaker, on February 12 I asked the Minister for International Trade if I was correct in saying that I had heard him state that unless he was able to get a complete carve out for culture within the MAI he would walk away from the table. He answered “Yes, you are”. The next day he told the Centre for Trade Policy and Law that if the pursuit of a total carve out was unsuccessful they would proceed by a country specific reservation.
I would like to ask the minister yet again which is it? Is it yes to a total carve out or depending on how the political winds are blowing a country specific reservation? The people of Canada want to know.