Mr. Speaker, negotiators from Mexico and the United States will be here in Ottawa next week to renegotiate NAFTA.
A lot has changed since the agreement was first signed. No one anticipated all the problems that arose regarding the chapter on investments. That needs to be resolved. We thought the agreement would protect our cultural sovereignty, but the Internet really shook things up.
One thing has not changed: Quebec is a trade-oriented society that needs a large market to help cover the costs of developing its state-of-the-art products.
I want to reassure the workers in Quebec that the Bloc's top priority is maintaining market access to the United States for our leading industries. Workers in the textile, aerospace, forestry, and transportation equipment sectors, as well as all other workers, can count on us, and the same goes for supply-managed producers. The government can count on our support to resist pressure from the Americans, but if it tries to sacrifice our industries to save the auto and oil sectors, we will block its path all the way.
The Bloc Québécois will always have the backs of Quebec workers, without exception.