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Softwood Lumber  Mr. Speaker, we will challenge this U.S. decision in the courts and we will win, as we have done on every past occasion. The Prime Minister raises softwood lumber with President Trump at every opportunity, just as the minister for global affairs and trade does. However, we want

June 20th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Softwood Lumber  Mr. Speaker, we are committed to defending Quebec's forestry sector and we continue to include it in all our negotiations. We strongly oppose the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to impose unfair countervailing duties. We will continue to work closely with our industry and

June 20th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Softwood Lumber  Mr. Speaker, as we know, the previous Conservative government allowed the agreement to lapse. We strongly disagree with the U.S. commerce department's decision to impose unfair and punitive duties—

June 20th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Robert Heitshu  Mr. Speaker, it is with profound sadness that I rise today to mark the passing of Brigadier-General Robert Heitshu, a decorated veteran, a family friend, and a fellow gunner. Bob joined the army reserves in 1944, served the guns honourably and well, and received his commission

June 16th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Attack in Virginia  Mr. Speaker, Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States of America. Canadians were deeply concerned to hear about an attack in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday that targeted a Republican congressional baseball practice. This was a cruel and heinous attac

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, as has been said on numerous occasions, we are ready to come to the negotiation table, something the previous Conservative government failed to do when it was their turn to look to NAFTA and get it going. As we have seen, NAFTA has been modified 11 times throughout

June 13th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, reverting to the discussion at hand, which has to do with softwood lumber, I would make the argument that the softwood lumber industry is one of the most advanced in the world. It is incredibly competitive. It is composed of an extraordinarily skilled workforce. A

June 12th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I compliment the hon. member for his passion and dedication to his constituents. I entirely agree with the emotion in his voice when he talks about their plight. The Government of Canada has allocated approximately $800 million, under mainly commercial terms, to

June 12th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity the member for Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman has given me to provide an update on the softwood lumber file. I would like to build on the excellent work that has just been done by my colleague and good friend. The softwood lumber file

June 12th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, simply put, yes, we will. Trade agreements need to grow and mature, as the economy grows and matures. NAFTA has been tweaked, modified, and amended 11 times since its inception. We have invited Canadians to share their ideas and priorities on the modernization of NA

June 12th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, quite simply, yes. As we have told Canadians many times, we are prepared to enter into negotiations at any time. Trade agreements must evolve in step with the economy. As everyone knows, NAFTA has been amended 11 times since its first iteration. The Prime Minister

June 12th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Softwood Lumber  I agree, Mr. Speaker, the previous Conservative government allowed the agreement to lapse. The Department of Trade's taxable countervailing duties are punitive and unfair. We will go before the courts and we will win, as we have every time. This will be the fifth time. The Prime

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, of course, we support nuclear disarmament agreements. What my hon. friend is proposing is to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban without those countries that have nuclear weapons participating. That would be pointless. This is not something that would result in real c

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would like to remind the House that Canada is one of the very few nations in the world that gave up its nuclear weapons capability. It was the Bomarc system, of which I think most are well familiar. This was groundbreaking. It represented the will, the desire, an

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for the great question and the chance to lay out the pragmatic approach to which she referred that Canada has taken to achieve worldwide nuclear disarmament in co-operation with our friends and allies, both those who have nuc

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal