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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, unlike the NDP that condemns this deal without even reading it, we are keeping our election promise. We promised to consult, and we are. I would also like to point out that we learned something interesting about the New Democrats on Sunday. We learned they want to s

April 12th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, we are very aware of issues with enforcement of our rules surrounding supply management. As my colleague, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, has already said, we support supply management and we do so with our trade policy. We are reviewing these rules rig

April 11th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the NDP condemned the TPP without even reading it. That is not how we are doing it. We promised during the campaign to consult, and that is what we are doing. Joe Stiglitz is a friend of mine, as he said in his interviews, and I talk to him often. I spoke to him last

April 11th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Forestry Industry  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her very long question, but I did hear it clearly. We have made it clear from the beginning that this issue is an absolute priority for our government and for me personally. I am pleased to announce that the Prime Minister and the President

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, once again, and for the second time in two days, the members opposite are looking for stories where there are none. I will repeat, Ben worked in my constituency office and never worked in my ministerial office. It is his role to check with the ethics office, which

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I do know if something is wrong with the hearing on the other side of the House, but I think I am just going to have to repeat myself. As I said, Ben Bergen worked in my constituency office. He never worked for me in my ministerial capacity. I really want to under

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, once again, the members opposite are looking for stories where there are none. Ben Bergen worked for me in my constituency office and never worked for me in my ministerial capacity. I am absolutely confident that he will follow all ethical guidelines. I would like t

March 21st, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I was delighted last month to announce that the legal review of this gold-plated deal was finally complete and that we have successfully responded to Canadians' concerns about transparency and fairness in the investment chapter. I am thrilled that this progressive

March 21st, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, a big part of my mandate is promoting the Canadian brand abroad. That is why I was so proud to welcome Canada's new education brand, EduCanada. This brand was developed in collaboration with the provinces and territories to help attract the brightest international s

February 25th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question. This issue is a top priority. Our goal is to maintain stable access to the American market for Canada's softwood lumber industry. We will work with our American partners, and we are working very hard on this issue. This specifi

February 19th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Forestry Industry  Mr. Speaker, the forestry industry is incredibly important across this country. We are very aware of the significance of the softwood lumber agreement and we are working very hard on it. I am proud to inform members that at our very first bilateral meeting with President Obama,

February 18th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Small Business  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for London North Centre for his hard work on this file. CanExport is a $50 million five-year program that gives small- and medium-size companies the support they need to explore new export opportunities. We unveiled CanExport last m

February 17th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, on the TPP, we are doing exactly what we promised we would do during the election campaign. We told Canadians that we would take the time to listen to Canadians and to consult widely on this deal. I myself have been part of more than 50 consultations, and our whole-o

February 17th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the NDP is opposing the TPP without even having read it or consulted Canadians. We are doing exactly what we said we were going to do. The NDP knows that signing the agreement is not the same as ratifying it. The NDP knows that, and it should tell Canadians the trut

February 17th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the New Democrats oppose this deal without reading it and without consulting with Canadians. We promised during the campaign to consult with Canadians and that is what we are doing. That is why since being sworn in as minister, I have already had more than 70 meeting

January 25th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal