Third reading of Bill C-31, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and UkrainePublished on 18 May 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator George Baker (retired)
Hon. George Baker:
He said: Honourable senators, I have very few words to say at this stage. I would like to see the bill passed as soon as possible. This was impressed upon me by Canadian business persons who are interested in entering into businesses in Ukraine, and it is a matter of urgency that this agreement be passed into law.
Ukraine has ratified the agreement. They ratified it weeks ago. As all senators know, this trade agreement started with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He signed the original agreement, and that was followed by the present Prime Minister and ministers of the Crown in this particular administration.
A great deal of credit belongs to the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Andreychuk, who has been personally involved in this matter for years, and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Downe is the deputy chair, Senator Ataullahjan, Senator Bovey, Senator Cools, Senator Cordy, Senator Dawson, Senator Eaton, Senator Gold, Senator Smith, Senator Harder, Senator Housakos, Senator Marwah, Senator Ngo, Senator Saint-Germain, Senator Wells and Senator Woo.
They have done a great job with this trade agreement. The urgency is there, and I would submit to senators that we now pass third reading of this bill. It passed the House of Commons by a vote of 304 to zero, and I think and am hoping that it would pass this chamber without the necessity of a vote. Thank you.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!