Elizabeth May: QP on CETA

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 in Question Period

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, here is a scenario. If the CETA agreement were in force and a controversial Ajax mine in Kamloops, British Columbia were turned down by the British Columbia government, the Polish mining company would have the right to bring an arbitration case against Canada. On the other hand, were a Canadian company to have a grievance with Poland, it is not at all clear that it could sue, because Wallonia has won opt-out provisions for every European nation.

Will the Prime Minister commit that Parliament will have adequate time to research, study, and understand CETA before we vote on it?

David Lametti: Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for bringing her unique voice to the House. CETA is clearly in Canada’s national interest, and it is time for all of us to rally around it. On top of delivering tangible growth for our economy and opportunities for the middle class, CETA will provide a strong foundation for Canada and the EU to demonstrate leadership on what is truly a progressive accord, a green accord, a health accord, and a labour accord. It also enshrines the right to regulate.

The ICS provisions, I suspect, are something that the trade committee will look at over the upcoming weeks. We will work with the committee and with our European partners as well.

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