MP Ramsey pushes the government to protect good Canadian jobs and labour standards (June 12, 2017)



Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, two weeks ago, the President of the United States officially put on notice the renegotiation of NAFTA, meaning we are currently within the 90-day window of the process.


On July 17, the U.S. will reveal its final priorities, yet Canadians still do not know what the Liberal government will prioritize. Canadians workers are tired of being left out of the conversation when their livelihoods are at stake. They deserve to have their jobs clearly defended by the government, and the clock is ticking.


Will the Liberals stand up for good jobs and protect our labour standards that Canadians have fought to achieve?


Hon. Andrew Leslie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), Lib.):  


Mr. Speaker, simply put, yes, we will.


Trade agreements need to grow and mature, as the economy grows and matures. NAFTA has been tweaked, modified, and amended 11 times since its inception. We have invited Canadians to share their ideas and priorities on the modernization of NAFTA by going on to the applicable websites.   


We will always stand up for our national economic interests, Canadian values, and Canadian jobs.