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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his hard work. I, too, am a daughter and a granddaughter of farmers and ranchers. I am delighted to report to the House that on December 18, the U.S. Congress repealed this discriminatory legislation. We have heard a lot a

January 25th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, first, I hope the hon. member for Battlefords—Lloydminster will join with me in supporting and cheering the repeal of COOL. When it comes to TPP, the former government negotiated the deal in secret without consulting with Canadians. We are keeping our promise to li

January 25th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, of course I will be at that meeting in New Zealand. I am pleased to report to the House that I met with many of the TPP ministers at the WTO ministerial, which was held at Davos. We are working very closely with the other TPP countries and consulting with Canadians.

January 25th, 2016House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the member for Essex on her election and her first question in the House. We absolutely understand that a deal of the magnitude of the TPP requires extensive public consultation. I have been engaged in that energetically. I would like to

December 8th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, our government supports free trade and we understand the importance of international trade for economic growth and prosperity for the middle class. Regarding the TPP, we are committed to ensuring full transparency and having a full debate in Parliament. We will stan

December 7th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the discriminatory COOL legislation was in place for eight years during the previous government's rule. I welcome the ruling by the WTO. It is the fourth time the WTO has ruled in our favour, with a record $1 billion quantum. We are pursuing this matter. I welcome th

December 7th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Vancouver Centre for her question. I am delighted to back in the House with my cherished colleague. We welcome the WTO ruling. This is a vindication of the Canadian position. We are working very hard in Washington with the Senate and we

December 7th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, our government supports free trade so strongly, I could not wait to answer that question. We understand how important it is for middle-class prosperity. We also understand that on a deal this big, it is essential to consult Canadians and have a full parliamentary deb

December 7th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Numbers do not lie, Mr. Speaker. The manufacturing performance is dismal, particularly with the dollar at 81¢, and it is part of a wider trend. The trade deficit has soared to historic highs: in January, $1.8 billion; in February, $2 billion; in March, an all-time slump, $3.9 b

June 15th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the formal trade deal between Europe and Ukraine goes into force at the beginning of 2016, but the EU actually understands Ukraine's pivotal role and has therefore pre-emptively and unilaterally lifted tariffs for Ukrainian companies. In contrast, despite much rheto

June 10th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, despite celebratory announcements in October and December of 2013, and then again in August and September of 2014, the CETA deal is still not done. Last September's premature party alone cost hard-working Canadian taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. The govern

June 8th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, the OECD has cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Canada to a dismal 1.5%. By way of excuse, the minister today claimed, “We are doing better than most developed countries”. That is simply not true. The OECD puts us behind Australia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherland

June 3rd, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, Friday's GDP numbers showed a 0.6% drop over the first quarter of 2015, a performance rightly described as “terrible” by a Bay Street economist. The Governor of the Bank of Canada's previous remark about an “atrocious” start to the year has sadly been borne out. Mo

June 1st, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Rail Safety  Mr. Speaker, in my riding of Toronto Centre, rail safety is an issue of immense community concern. The government has proposed changes to the current rail safety system, but they do not go nearly far enough. A new proposed speed limit remains higher than self-imposed limits set

May 27th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the government's performance on trade continues to fall far short of its rhetoric. The most recent example is a breakdown in bilateral negotiations with Japan. Talks have been stalled for months, with Canadian officials citing Japan's focus on the trans-Pacific partn

May 25th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal