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Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the parliamentary secretary for his remarks. I particularly endorse his point that opening up Canadian trade to Asia and opening up Asia to the Canadian economy is absolutely essential. As the House knows, the really big deal, which would cover 40% of the w

October 28th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite concluded his remarks by saying that he hopes we will be supporting the Korean free trade deal. As I hope he has heard from our previous remarks, we certainly will be. The Korean deal is important and I think is widely supported in this House, par

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Party strongly believes in protecting the working people of Canada. That is why we are such strong supporters of free trade. In the 21st century, Canada's economy is only the 11th in the world when it comes to GDP and cannot survive or grow without free t

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague has indeed focused on what is our chief criticism of this deal, which is that it has come late at a great cost to Canadian businesses, Canadian exporters and Canadian jobs. As to what the reasons are, I can only speculate, but I would suggest two reasons

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite has been in the House longer than I, but I would like to point out to him that when it comes to parliamentary procedure, it is not our tradition to directly address other members. I have heard this before and was I expecting to hear it again from

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, on a day when we should be supporting and cheering the cross-party support for this free trade agreement, that was the kind of rather mean-spirited question I would expect more to hear from the government side of the House. I will say what I would have said had the

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by reiterating that the Liberal Party supports free trade, and we are pleased to support this deal. This is just the third day the House has been sitting since the terrible events of last Wednesday. It is very appropriate and fitting that on th

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to assure the hon. member from the official opposition that the Liberals support not only free trade but also child care, so we are with him there. I think that this is a week when it is terrific that we are talking about a bill that has almost all-party

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, today in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko urgently called for the OSCE mission that is monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine to be enlarged. Speaking on Friday, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini said that Italy, France, and Germany

October 21st, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, over the past week, half a dozen Ukrainian soldiers and a Red Cross worker have been killed in the Donbass, despite the alleged ceasefire there. Germany and France are talking with the OSCE about deploying armed forces to help monitor that ceasefire. There is cross

October 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, an IMF report this week confirms what Liberals have been saying for months, “in countries with infrastructure needs, the time is right for an infrastructure push”. My constituents in Toronto Centre do not need the IMF to tell them that Canada has an urgent infrastru

October 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, this morning Stats Can delivered some bad news for Canadians. Economic growth was zero in July. Our stalled economy means we do not have enough good jobs. Canada lost a staggering 112,000 private sector jobs in August. According to the OECD, Canada ranks a dismal 16

September 30th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the member for Winnipeg North is legendary in the House for his ability to talk about anything and to know about everything, and I salute him for that. When it comes to trade, our issue is this. We are firmly pro-free trade, and we hear that rhetoric coming from the

September 24th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her question. I will not try to answer her in French right now, but maybe next month. It is very important to me. It is absolutely true that Korean cars are present in the Canadian market, that South Korea currently exports a l

September 24th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I absolutely agree with the hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands. Part of the reason we are seeing this view, and I emphasize this because it is really important, coming from the business community, among others, that Canada's export performance is falling behind is

September 24th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal