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Version of document from 2009-04-29 to 2009-06-30:

Canada–EFTA Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

S.C. 2009, c. 6

Assented to 2009-04-29

An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the States of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Republic of Iceland, the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Kingdom of Norway and the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Swiss Confederation

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

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 This Act may be cited as the Canada–EFTA Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

Interpretation

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  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this Act.

    Agreement

    Accord

    Agreement means the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the States of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), signed on January 26, 2008. (Accord)

    bilateral agreement

    accord bilatéral

    bilateral agreement means

    • (a) the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Republic of Iceland, signed on January 26, 2008;

    • (b) the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Kingdom of Norway, signed on January 26, 2008; or

    • (c) the Agreement on Agriculture between Canada and the Swiss Confederation, signed on January 26, 2008. (accord bilatéral)

    EFTA state

    État de l’AELÉ

    EFTA state means a member state of the European Free Trade Association, namely:

    • (a) the Republic of Iceland;

    • (b) the Principality of Liechtenstein;

    • (c) the Kingdom of Norway; or

    • (d) the Swiss Confederation. (État de l’AELÉ)

    federal law

    texte législatif fédéral

    federal law means the whole or any portion of an Act of Parliament or a regulation, order or other instrument issued, made or established in the exercise of a power conferred by or under an Act of Parliament. (texte législatif fédéral)

    Joint Committee

    comité mixte

    Joint Committee means the committee established pursuant to Article 26 of the Agreement. (comité mixte)

    Minister

    ministre

    Minister means the Minister for International Trade. (ministre)

  • Marginal note:Publication of agreements

    (2) The Agreement and the bilateral agreements shall be published in the Canada Treaty Series.

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Marginal note:Interpretation consistent with agreements

 For greater certainty, this Act, any provision of an Act enacted or amended by Part 2 and any other federal law that implements a provision of the Agreement or a bilateral agreement or fulfils an obligation of the Government of Canada under the Agreement or a bilateral agreement shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the Agreement or bilateral agreement, as the case may be.

Purpose

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 The purpose of this Act is to implement the Agreement and the bilateral agreements, the objectives of which, as elaborated more specifically through their provisions, are to

  • (a) establish a free trade area in accordance with the Agreement and the bilateral agreements;

  • (b) promote, through the expansion of reciprocal trade, the harmonious development of the economic relations between Canada and the EFTA states in order to foster in Canada and in the EFTA states the advancement of economic activity;

  • (c) provide fair conditions of competition affecting trade between Canada and the EFTA states;

  • (d) establish a framework for further co-operation between Canada and the EFTA states in the light of developments in international economic relations, in particular with the aim of liberalizing trade in services and increasing investment opportunities; and

  • (e) contribute, by the removal of barriers to trade, to the harmonious development and expansion of world trade.

Her Majesty

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Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada.

General

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Marginal note:Causes of action under Part 1

  •  (1) No person has any cause of action and no proceedings of any kind shall be taken, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada, to enforce or determine any right or obligation that is claimed or arises solely under or by virtue of Part 1 or an order made under Part 1.

  • Marginal note:Causes of action under agreements

    (2) No person has any cause of action and no proceedings of any kind shall be taken, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada, to enforce or determine any right or obligation that is claimed or arises solely under or by virtue of the Agreement or a bilateral agreement.

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Marginal note:Non-application of agreements to water

 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act, the Agreement or the bilateral agreements applies to natural surface or ground water in liquid, gaseous or solid state.

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Marginal note:Construction

 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act, by specific mention or omission, shall be construed to affect in any manner the right of Parliament to enact legislation to implement any provision of the Agreement or a bilateral agreement or fulfil any of the obligations of the Government of Canada under the Agreement or a bilateral agreement.

PART 1Implementation of Agreements Generally

Approval of Agreements

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Marginal note:Agreements approved

 The Agreement and the bilateral agreements are approved.

Administrative and Institutional Provisions

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Marginal note:Representative on Joint Committee

 The Minister is the principal representative of Canada on the Joint Committee.

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Marginal note:Payment of expenditures

 The Government of Canada shall pay its appropriate share of the aggregate of any expenditures incurred by or on behalf of the Joint Committee.

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Marginal note:Administrative support

 The Minister shall designate an agency, division or branch of the Government of Canada to facilitate the operation of, and provide administrative assistance to arbitral tribunals established under, Chapter VIII of the Agreement.

Subcommittees and Working Groups

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Marginal note:Appointments to subcommittees and working groups

 The Minister may appoint any person to be a representative of Canada on the subcommittee referred to in Article 9 of the Agreement or on any subcommittee or working group established under Article 26 of the Agreement.

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Marginal note:Costs

 The Government of Canada shall pay the costs of or its appropriate share of the costs of

  • (a) the remuneration and expenses payable to members of arbitral tribunals, subcommittees and working groups; and

  • (b) the general expenses incurred by arbitral tribunals, subcommittees and working groups.

Orders

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Marginal note:Orders re Article 31

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, for the purpose of suspending benefits or obligations in accordance with Article 31 of the Agreement, by order, do any one or more of the following:

    • (a) suspend rights or privileges granted by Canada to an EFTA state or to goods of an EFTA state under the Agreement, a bilateral agreement or any federal law;

    • (b) modify or suspend the application of any federal law enacted by Part 2, with respect to an EFTA state or to goods of an EFTA state;

    • (c) extend the application of any federal law to an EFTA state or to goods of an EFTA state; and

    • (d) take any other measure that the Governor in Council considers necessary for that purpose.

  • Marginal note:Period of order

    (2) Unless revoked, an order made under subsection (1) has effect for the period specified in the order.

PART 2Related and Consequential Amendments

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PART 3Coming into Force

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Marginal note:Order in council

Footnote * The provisions of this Act come into force on a day or days to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

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