Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, under our system ministers should be in charge of their files and accept accountability for their results. It used to be, failing that, they were removed from cabinet. But now on the most important of files, the trans-Pacific partnership, the Minister of International Trade has been replaced by the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.
Why has the Prime Minister humiliated his trade minister on the international stage? Why has he placed a person in charge who is not accountable to Parliament?