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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, Canada is the biggest market to the United States, bigger than China, Japan, and U.K. combined. As members know, we are dealing with the most protectionist U.S. government since the 1930s. We defend supply management. We believe in the family farms. We would like t

October 17th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, we on this side of the House, and those who are fortunate enough to be on our portion of the other side, believe in supply management. Indeed, everyone in this House, with the exception of certain members of the Conservative Party of Canada, believe in supply managem

October 17th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, we on this side of the aisle are committed to protecting the supply management system. We agree with the idea that every person should be free to make their own decisions, but I believe everyone in this House supports supply management, except the Conservative Party.

October 16th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, actually I was there and it was on a TV panel, and I did not say the words ascribed to me. I will make the point that we have always defended supply management. It is a system that works. Everyone on this side of the House, everyone in the House, indeed, supports su

October 16th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, we have always defended supply management. It is a system that works. Protecting supply management is important for us, to Canadian consumers, and for dairy and agricultural industries across the country. I believe in supply management, as does everybody in the House

October 16th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, Canada is the biggest market for the United States, bigger than China, Japan, and the U.K. combined. We are negotiating with the most protectionist U.S. administration since the 1930s. We never said these negotiations would be easy. A modernized NAFTA remains a goal,

October 16th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

Attacks in Edmonton and Las Vegas  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my distinguished colleague for his excellent words. It is with great sadness that I rise today to speak to the horrific events that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday night, Canadians were left reeling after a terrorist attack in Edmonton,

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, in brief, yes we will. We welcome the modernization of NAFTA in support of our middle class. Our overarching objectives are clear: to protect NAFTA's record of job creation and growth and, of course, to introduce contemporary progressive policies. By the way, the A

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, NAFTA's track record is certainly one of economic growth and middle-class job creation. The three countries are firmly committed to modernizing NAFTA. As part of that modernization, we are in the process of reviewing chapter 11, which is being negotiated as we speak

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, Canada welcomes the modernization of NAFTA in support of our middle class and those working hard to join it. Our objectives for a modernized NAFTA include reforming the investor-state—

September 20th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

International Trade  Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our objectives for a modernized NAFTA include reforming the investor-state dispute settlements, chapter 11, and we want to make sure that the government has the unassailable right to regulate in the public interest. We will always stand up for our national

September 20th, 2017House debate

Andrew LeslieLiberal

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