Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade AgreementPublished on 7 June 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Percy Downe
Hon. Percy E. Downe:
Senator Harder, I’m wondering if you have been able to determine, as we were advised numerous times at the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee, that passing the CETA, and with Royal Assent, that we would likely be looking for implementation on July 1. Is that date still current?
The only reason I raise this question is that I continue to hear from numerous European sources, business leaders and others, that they have been advised, as the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee highlighted in their report on CETA, recommendation number three, about the lack of transparency. What is alleged is that the deal will be delayed because the Canadian government is not going to share the rules, procedures and regulations before they are published in the Canada Gazette and this has bogged down the deal.
I received a call at home last weekend from a business in Ontario. They saw my name as deputy chair of the committee. I guess they couldn’t get hold of Senator Andreychuk so they went to the second choice. In their case, the tariffs would be eliminated right away and they’re ready to go. I told them I thought it was July 1 because that has been what I heard. If it’s going to be different, I would like to know how long and what the target date is now.
Please click here to read the full text of the Senator’s question