North American Free Trade AgreementPublished on 8 February 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Colin Kenny
Hon. Colin Kenny:
Honourable senators, I rise today to ask the Leader of the Government a question about which I gave him notice earlier this week.
It seems pretty clear that the new administration in the United States is intent on reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that all aspects of NAFTA will be put on the table. We are beginning to hear reports of what issues the U.S. will target in the negotiations. We are hearing that the U.S. has a whole lot of grievances that will focus on issues ranging from intellectual property and telecommunications to cheese and dairy.
But so far, we have heard little from our government regarding any grievances Canadians have. It’s as if we’re going into the negotiations cap in hand, solely with the purpose of defending the status quo.
Our Ambassador to the United States has said that changes to NAFTA are coming, and changes to NAFTA are needed. What are the changes to NAFTA that are needed by Canada that our ambassador is referring to? Given that our government is welcoming the opening of negotiations, what are the things that we’re looking out for to modernize NAFTA?