Opposition Motion – Investment Canada Act

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the hon. parliamentary secretary this. Why do we still do not have a definition of “national security” within the Investment Canada Act? It was a specific recommendation of the blue ribbon panel commissioned by the government after the Minmetals issue. The government chose not to define “national security” in the Investment Canada Act when it was amended in 2009.

Will there be a clear definition of “national security” to test against future deals?

Michelle Rempel: Mr. Speaker, my colleague opposite’s question gives me an opportunity to remind her that in I believe 2009 it was our government that included natural security in the review process of the Investment Canada Act, an important step in clarifying the rules around foreign investment in our country. That was action on the part of our government.

What is interesting is my colleague opposite has also given me an opportunity to point out that she has consistently opposed trade deals that would see Canada’s economy grow in a variety of sectors. Time after time she pushes back against any sort of trade deal, whether it be a trade agreement or clarity around investments. In future, I hope she will change her tune on some of these opportunities for the sake of our country.