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March 28th, 2017

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The Library of Parliament is currently accepting applications for the 21st edition of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy to be held 5 to 10 November 2017.

March 27th, 2017

Local consultations on NAFTA renegotiation

The Trump administration has announced its intentions to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In our riding of Essex, thousands of jobs depend on maintaining a strong Canada-U.S. trade relationship. As it stands now, trade between our two countries is well-balanced and highly integrated, with far-reaching implications on most industries.

March 24th, 2017

Who is left behind by budget 2017?

Many Canadians struggling with part-time and precarious employment, rising costs, and record household debt were hoping that this budget would invest in building a fairer economy that lifts everyone up, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

March 23rd, 2017

Liberal budget falls short for Windsor-Essex

Windsor-Essex NDP MPs are disappointed in the Liberals’ 2017 budget, saying it falls short of meeting the region’s needs by failing to build a fair economy that lifts everyone up, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

March 21st, 2017

Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 20th, 2017

Journée internationale de la Francophonie // International Day of the Francophonie

Le porte-parole du NPD en matière de francophonie, Robert Aubin, a émis la déclaration suivante :

March 20th, 2017

Tracey calls on Liberals to support workers in softwood lumber fight

March 17th, 2017

Upcoming budget should support small business: NDP

The NDP’s Critic for Small Business, MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni), wrote a letter to the Minister in charge of small business policy, Bardish Chagger, urging her to include measures to address the top priorities of small business owners in the upcoming federal budget.

March 17th, 2017

Trudeau must stand up for Canadians dependent on U.S. work: NDP

New Democrats are urging Prime Minister Trudeau to stand up for Canadians workers who depend on work in the United States. The US is now preventing Canadians from crossing the border even though they have valid non-immigrant NAFTA professional visas (TN visas).

March 8th, 2017

Liberal trade record a concern as Canada embarks on NAFTA negotiations

*This article was first published in The Hill Times

By Tracey Ramsey, MP (Essex) and NDP Critic for International Trade

Trade between Canada and the U.S. is well-balanced, highly integrated, and has far-reaching implications on all industries. Canada and the U.S. are the world’s largest trading partners, with almost $900-billion in goods and services crossing the border annually and millions of jobs dependant on trade with the U.S.

March 7th, 2017

Tracey supports NDP motion on tax fairness

February 27th, 2017

Windsor-Essex MPs call for tax deadline extension, warn of mass Phoenix T4 issues

Due to the ongoing Phoenix pay system fiasco, local New Democrat MPs are calling on the Liberal government to extend the 2016 CRA tax filing deadline to avoid further headaches and delays.

February 21st, 2017

Elected New Democrats talk Trump, NAFTA, border

Windsor-Essex NDP representatives met Friday to unify their positions and plot strategies on issues of trade and the American border.

February 16th, 2017

Tracey urges Minister to lower small business tax rate

February 14th, 2017

NDP pushes for answers after Canada-US meeting

Following formal meetings in Washington between Prime Minister Trudeau and US President Donald Trump, New Democrat MPs in Windsor-Essex are pushing for answers on the future of NAFTA and the implications of the US travel ban.

February 7th, 2017

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-31 at third reading. As my hon. colleagues will know, the New Democratic Party supported the bill at second reading, and we intend to continue supporting it at third reading.

February 3rd, 2017

Tracey asks government for immediate action on opioids crisis

"Mr. Speaker, not only is the opioid crisis taking lives and destroying families in Canadian cities, but this public health emergency is also impacting smaller communities, like the ones in my riding in Essex County, at an unprecedented rate.

January 31st, 2017

MP Ramsey debates Canada's response to Trump's immigration ban

Mr. Speaker, I want to first thank the Speaker for granting this debate tonight. It is a very important debate.

January 27th, 2017

GM job cuts underscore NAFTA failures

In the wake of the announcement of upcoming layoffs at GM’s Ingersoll operations, New Democrats are demanding the Prime Minister intervene and explain to Canadians what he will be doing to protect good-paying Canadian jobs and how that plan will be used during upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.

January 25th, 2017

Tracey Ramsey elected to key caucus positions

Tracey Ramsey, MP (Essex) was elected yesterday by her colleagues as their representative to the NDP Federal Council and as vice-chair of the NDP’s Ontario Caucus.

January 19th, 2017

Liberals must make Canadian jobs clear priority in relationship with Trump administration

NDP Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey, made the following statement regarding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

January 18th, 2017

Health Minister jeopardizing public healthcare

Tracey Ramsey, MP (Essex) fully supports the following statement made by NDP Health Critic, Don Davies:

January 12th, 2017

NDP stands shoulder to shoulder with maritime workers' day of action

On a Day of Action organized by the Canadian Maritime & Supply Chain Coalition including workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, the International Transport Workers Federation Secretariat and the Seafarers International Union at many locations nationwide, NDP International Trade critic, Tracey Ramsey (Essex) offered her full support to these actions.

December 20th, 2016

Provinces reject Harper-style cuts and tactics

After months of issuing ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ ultimatums, the Liberal government has failed to negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories. With no next steps in the negotiation process, Canadians are left without any path forward for improved health care for the foreseeable future.

December 15th, 2016

NDP calls on Minister Foote to defer paycheque until Phoenix is fixed

NDP MPs Sheri Benson and Erin Weir are calling on the Public Services Minister, Judy Foote, to put her money where her mouth is, and defer her own salary until the Phoenix fiasco is fixed. The NDP is also calling for executive performance bonuses not be paid out.

December 14th, 2016

NDP statement on the situation in Aleppo

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière released the following statement today:

The situation in Aleppo is horrifying. The situation in Syria is devastating. New Democrats call on the government of Canada to increase its diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire and political solution to the crisis. And we must support the investigation and prosecution of war crimes. These atrocities must not go unpunished.

December 12th, 2016

NDP MP condemns 3,000 seafarer jobs lost under CETA

Today in the House of Commons, NDP International Trade critic Tracey Ramsey (Essex) demanded answers from the federal Liberals following claims that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will cost thousands of good paying Canadian Seafarer jobs.

November 18th, 2016

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November 16th, 2016

Trump shows the need to revisit our approach to free trade

*This article was first published in The Hill Times

By Tracey Ramsey, MP (Essex) and NDP Critic for International Trade

One week after the shocking outcome of the U.S. election, it’s difficult to assess the implications of a Donald Trump presidency on the all-important Canada-U.S. relationship.

November 10th, 2016

Liberals must fully compensate dairy farmers for CETA losses

The NDP is criticizing the Liberal compensation plan for losses to the dairy industry caused by CETA. After abandoning dairy farmers on the issues of diafiltered milk and the Duties Relief Program, the Liberal government is being called out for failing to deliver the compensation it promised for the industry’s CETA-related losses.

November 3rd, 2016

Liberal privatization scheme will leave Canadians paying more

The NDP is condemning the Liberal government for its scheme to privatize public infrastructure that will mean new tolls and user fees where there are none, and the hiking of fees where they already exist.

October 24th, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Please find my latest newsletter with information about Remembrance Day, and some local stories from veterans and their experiences serving in the military.

October 24th, 2016

Freeland must grab the opportunity to fix CETA

NDP Trade Critic Tracey Ramsey made the following statement:

“As Wallonia continues to stand up for all Europeans that have raised opposition to elements of CETA, we are calling on the Canadian government to stop setting arbitrary deadlines and focus their efforts on fixing the deal.

October 20th, 2016

NDP victory: Trade committee to study steel dumping

The Standing Committee on International Trade will study unfair trade practices impacting Canada’s steel industry thanks to a motion introduced by NDP trade critic, Tracey Ramsey (Essex).

October 12th, 2016

Liberals fail to protect Canadian forestry jobs

Today, the Liberals failed to get a new deal to protect Canadian forestry jobs after promising to do so for the industry. This failure to reach a new softwood lumber deal by today’s expiry date will gravely hurt Canadian companies and workers.

October 5th, 2016

MP Ramsey helps young Windsor activist Jada Malott voice TPP concerns directly to Prime Minister

Jada Malott, a 12-year-old activist from Windsor, visited Parliament Hill today to share her message that the TPP is a bad deal for Canada. Tracey Ramsey, MP for Essex and NDP critic for International Trade, arranged for Jada to meet directly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

October 3rd, 2016

Local residents urge support for anti-Islamophobia petition

Residents of Essex are encouraging their neighbours to add their name to a Parliamentary petition that condemns Islamophobia.

October 3rd, 2016

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September 28th, 2016

NDP tables bill to strengthen rail safety

On Tuesday, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change, Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), tabled a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen the regulation of dangerous goods shipped by rail.

September 28th, 2016

NDP proposes oversight on arms sales

Today, the NDP announced that it will put the issue of oversight of Canadian arms exports to a vote in Parliament as an opposition day motion in the coming days.

September 15th, 2016

Canadian jobs threatened with no new softwood lumber deal in sight

After yesterday’s announcement from Liberal Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland that a new softwood lumber deal has not yet been reached, NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey (Essex), is warning that the failure to reach a new deal will soon hurt Canadian companies and workers.

September 10th, 2016

Economic impact study confirms TPP is a bad deal

NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey (Essex) made the following statement:

"Finally today, the economic impact study on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released with little good news to reassure Canadians that this deal will benefit them.

August 31st, 2016

Community Veterans' Stories

Keeping the stories of Essex war vets alive

Canada has a long and proud history of peacekeeping and fighting for democracy. For generations, Canadian men and women have dedicated their lives to preserving fundamental rights and freedoms. Their efforts have laid a foundation for the open society that we continue to build and benefit from.

August 16th, 2016

Wanted: 200 students and 200 veterans

The Veterans Memories Project is looking for 200 students — selected from the Grade 10 history students in Windsor-Essex County's 22 high schools — to attend the 15th annual Veteran's Appreciation Day Luncheon at the Serbian Centre on November 11, 2016.

August 12th, 2016

A community victory: Windsor veterans office to reopen

Local MPs Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor—Tecumseh), Brian Masse (Windsor West) and Tracey Ramsey (Essex) are welcoming plans to reopen Windsor’s Veterans Affairs office, but are concerned it won’t happen until spring 2017.

June 16th, 2016

Extension of deadline to submit comments on the TPP

The House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade is extending the deadline for Canadians to submit written comments on the topic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Canadians who wish to provide a written submission in the context of the Committee’s TPP public consultation must do so before 23:59 EDT on October 31, 2016.

June 15th, 2016

MP Ramsey particpates in national chicken recipe contest

Aiming to win $10,000 for her local food bank, MP Ramsey has submitted her favourite grilled chicken sandwich recipe for the Great Canadian Chicken BBQ contest.

June 7th, 2016

Questions and Answers on Electoral Reform

How does the Canadian electoral system work?

A: The electoral system in Canada is based on a voting system called “first past the post”. In practice, this voting system allows electors to vote a single time for a single person in their riding. The person who wins the election is the one who obtains the most votes, even if he or she wins by a single vote. It happens with this system that people win the election with as little as 30% support in their riding.

May 30th, 2016

Tracey calls for a National Auto Strategy

"Mr. Speaker, southwestern Ontario is the heart of Canada's auto sector, providing good jobs for tens of thousands of families in our communities. However, over the past decade, Canada has lost over 400,000 manufacturing jobs, with over 260,000 of those lost in Ontario.

May 30th, 2016

What the Liberals' broken promise will cost small businesses

The Liberals have broken their promise to cut the small business tax rate, costing small businesses $2.2 billion.

May 20th, 2016

Daughters of the Vote: National Leadership forum on the Hill

From Equal Voice's Daughters of the Vote website:

Join Equal Voice in a historic national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal political engagement in 2016 — along with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

May 18th, 2016

Mulcair welcomes official apology on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy:

May 18th, 2016

NDP outraged as Liberals take veterans back to court

OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.

April 28th, 2016

Politicians get behind robotics team

"Two local politicians are calling on the prime minister and premier to support an all-girls robotics team from Holy Name elementary school in Essex headed to Syndey, Australia, in July to compete in an international competition. ...

March 31st, 2016

Sign up to get my updates on international trade

I've started an e-newsletter list to share periodic updates with Canadians interested in international trade: from the TPP to news from committee.

March 24th, 2016

Tracey asks why Liberal budget ignores farmers (Mar. 24, 2016)

Mr. Speaker, there they go, a lofty campaign promise on health, another Liberal promise broken.

March 23rd, 2016

Stop the TPP petition

If you're as concerned about the TPP as I am, please consider downloading the petition below - in English or French - and collect signatures from your friends and family.

March 23rd, 2016

Ramsey: Budget full of missed opportunities for Windsor-Essex

Canadians had high expectations for yesterday’s Liberal budget, but what they got instead were missed opportunities to tackle inequality and backtracking on key commitments.

March 15th, 2016

5 things to know about millennials & precarious work

The gap between the rich and poor in Canada is growing and precarious work only makes matters worse.

March 11th, 2016

NDP invites Canadians to share their views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Tracey Ramsey, NDP Critic for International Trade, is encouraging Canadians to share their views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by participating in a study of the proposed deal that’s being conducted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.

March 11th, 2016

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The 20th edition of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is returning to its usual timeframe this fall, from October 30 to November 4, 2016.

March 10th, 2016

NDP calls for Ottawa to protect produce farmers

"NDP Trade Critic Tracey Ramsey has tabled a motion in the House of Commons demanding the federal government develop a payment protection program for produce growers similar to the American Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

March 10th, 2016

National Student Commonwealth Forum

The National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF) is a national conference for high school students.

Held annually in May for the past 44 years, NSCF brings together approximately 100 Canadian high school students for a week in Ottawa. These young leaders of tomorrow will build leadership skills, while discussing and learning about international affairs and the role of the Commonwealth today.

March 10th, 2016

Payment protection program needed for producers, says NDP

NDP MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex) is calling on the Liberal government to introduce a payment protection program for Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable producers, in a motion tabled in Parliament.

March 10th, 2016

Payment protection for Canadian produce growers

Essex is home to many family farmers and fresh fruit and vegetable producers who depend on the ability to export their produce to U.S. buyers.

March 8th, 2016

Statement in the House of Commons on International Women's Day

Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate International Women's Day, a global day recognizing the economic, political, and social achievements of all women.

March 7th, 2016

Tracey asks about ISDS in CETA and TPP

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister promised to be open and transparent on trade deals, but his government's approach is anything but open. Canadians are concerned about CETA and the TPP. Investor state provisions will have big implications for Canadians, affecting everything from environmental protection and labour rights to drug costs.

February 29th, 2016

TPP concerns must be heard before Liberals consider ratification

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals promised public consultations, but instead signed Canada onto the TPP without having done any economic impact study and refusing calls to try to negotiate a better deal for Canada. This kind of bait and switch is unacceptable when so many good Canadian jobs are on the line.

February 26th, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs: employer applications due March 11

New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex) is reminding local employers that the application period for the Canada Summer Jobs program has been extended until March 11, 2016.

February 26th, 2016

NDPs wants Ottawa to address Marathon request to up emissions

"Federal politicians representing west Windsor and LaSalle are now speaking up about the Marathon's request to increase emissions at its refinery in Detroit.

February 25th, 2016

NDP presents anti-scab bill

Today, New Democrats presented their first bill to be debated in the House of Commons this Parliament. The anti-scab bill, presented by deputy Labour critic Karine Trudel (Jonquière), would protect workers in the event of a strike or lockout.

February 25th, 2016

Tracey's Speech on Making EI Work For Canadians

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time today with the member for Windsor West.

February 17th, 2016

Tracey raises concerns about the impact of the TPP on Canadians

Mr. Speaker, I have had lots of Canadians telling me they are worried about the TPP. They are worried about their jobs, about impacts on environmental regulations, and about rising drug costs. The CEO of Ford Canada said "...there will be no positive outcome for Canadian manufacturing".

February 16th, 2016

NDP statement on the Zika virus outbreak

NDP Health Critic Don Davies made the following statement after requesting an Emergency Debate in the House of Commons on the Zika Virus Outbreak:

February 5th, 2016

Tracey speaks on NDP motion for pay equity legislation

I would like to thank the hon. member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith for introducing the motion before us in the House of Commons today, which is so worthy of our collective attention and action. The motion tabled by my colleague is quite lengthy, but in summary it calls on the government to recognize pay equity as a fundamental human right, to implement the recommendations of the 2004 pay equity task force report, to restore the right to pay equity in the public service, and to strike a special committee of MPs to conduct hearings on pay equity and to propose proactive pay equity legislation.

February 4th, 2016

Question on the Legtimacy of TPP Consulations

Mr. Speaker, the trade minister just signed the TPP, which will cost tens of thousands of good jobs across Canada. This deal was negotiated in secret and many Canadians still are not aware of the details, but the more they learn, the more they oppose the TPP. Maybe that is the reason the minister rushed to sign it without consulting Canadians and without any study of the economic impacts.

February 3rd, 2016

Statement on women seeking employment equity

Just a few weeks ago, a group from the Windsor and Essex region, including Terry Weymouth, Nour Fawaz, and Dan Brown, produced a short video encouraging more women to pursue work in fields that were greatly under-represented by women, such as trades.

February 3rd, 2016

Tracey Asks Why the TPP is Being Signed with no Impact Study

Mr. Speaker, it is outrageous that the government will not study the impact of the TPP before signing on the dotted line, but we know that the deal would have serious consequences for Canadians: tens of thousands of jobs lost, higher drug costs, stifled innovation, rising inequality.

February 2nd, 2016

Question about temporary foreign worker loopholes in the TPP

Mr. Speaker, dairy producers are not the only ones to lose under this job-killing deal. The TPP would also expand loopholes to bring in temporary foreign workers with no regard for the impact on Canadian jobs and wages. The Conservatives allowed rampant abuse of the temporary foreign worker program on their watch and now the Liberals are about to make matters even worse.

February 1st, 2016

Tracey Asks about a TPP Impact Study

Mr. Speaker, this week the trade minister plans to sign on to the job-killing TPP trade deal, even though the government has admitted it has no economic impact study. Would the minister sign a mortgage without knowing the interest rate?

January 29th, 2016

Supporting small business job creation

In debate on the speech from the throne, Tracey called on the government to take action in support of job-creating small businesses:

January 25th, 2016

NDP calls on Liberals to reject job-killing TPP

Today in the House of Commons, NDP International Trade critic Tracey Ramsey (Essex) called on the federal Liberal government to stand up for Canadian jobs instead of signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it stands.

January 25th, 2016

Tracey Questions the Government's Plan to Sign the TPP

Mr. Speaker, a new study reveals the TPP will cost 58,000 jobs and worsen income inequality. Many of the jobs at risk are in my community and others like it throughout southern Ontario. In spite of the reality for these families, the minister tries to hide behind technicalities, but it is simple. If she does not support the deal, why would she sign it? Therefore, will the minister stand up for Canadian jobs, or will she sign the Conservative's bad deal?

January 20th, 2016

Volunteer matching event for retirees and seniors

The United Way is hosting an event on March 22 to match retirees and seniors with volunteer opportunities in the community.

January 20th, 2016

NDP statement on Postmedia cuts

NDP Industry Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement in response to Postmedia layoffs across Canada:

January 19th, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs: Employer Information Session

Developed by Service Canada, this WebEx presentation is for employers who want to apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding:

January 18th, 2016

On TPP Liberals don't think better is possible

Memo to Liberal trade minister Chrystia Freeland: this is Canada, and in Canada, better is always possible – especially when it comes to protecting jobs from a bad deal signed by the Harper Conservatives.

January 8th, 2016

Apply now for census jobs with Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is now accepting applications for the 2016 Census.

They are hiring for 35,000 jobs in communities across the country.

For more info, visit the StatsCan website.

January 5th, 2016

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations: Employer Application Deadline January 15, 2016

Museums and other heritage organizations may be eligible to apply for funding to hire summer students through the Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations program. The application deadline for employers is January 15, 2016.

December 14th, 2015

Maiden speech challenges Liberal government

In her maiden question in the House of Commons, Essex MP Tracey Ramsey challenged the Liberal government to reach a better Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

December 14th, 2015

MP Tracey Ramsey delivers maiden speech in Parliament

Tracey Ramsey, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Essex, had a busy week in Ottawa, delivering her maiden speech in the House of Commons, as well as asking the government about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Question Period and making her first member’s statement.

December 11th, 2015

Statement celebrating local farmers in Parliament

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the people of Essex for trusting me to represent them in Ottawa. I will work hard every day to be a strong voice for their priorities.

December 8th, 2015

Tracey Questions the Government on TPP

Mr. Speaker, during the campaign the Liberals promised to consult the public on TPP before taking any position, but the Prime Minister has reportedly promised world leaders he will sign the Conservative-negotiated deal. People in southwestern Ontario whose jobs are on the line want to know when they will be consulted. They want a government that will stand up for their jobs.

December 7th, 2015

Thank you!

I am honoured to have been elected as your Member of Parliament.

Thank you for entrusting me to be your voice. I will stand up for the people of Essex every step of the way.