Questioning the Prime Minister on the TPP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, today, officials confirmed to the trade committee that they have not completed a study of the TPP's impact upon Canadians.

Experts are saying this deal would put thousands of jobs on the line, give foreign companies the power to challenge our environmental laws, and make medicine more expensive.

How can the government expect Canadians to believe that they are being consulted in a truly meaningful way when Liberals have not even studied the impact of this deal upon Canadian families?

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, on the contrary. Our international trade minister has been engaged in consultations right across the country and, indeed, we have committed to bring forward the TPP to a debate and discussion here in the House so we can hear from the different sectors that will have advantages and from the sectors that have concerns.

The fact is we have committed to open consultations. We made that promise during the election campaign, and we are going to be keeping that promise.

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, he should tell that to the trade officials.

Liberals think that we can consult Canadians without even letting them know what the TPP would do. It gets worse. Liberals say they will review the temporary foreign worker program, but fail to mention that the TPP would create new loopholes to make it easier for companies to bring in foreign workers.

How do they expect to fix the broken temporary foreign worker program while they ram through a trade deal that would create new loopholes?