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April 21st, 2017

Trudeau M.I.A. in defending supply management

OTTAWA – Following comments made by US President Donald Trump, the NDP is calling on the Liberal government to stand up for Canada’s dairy producers. In a letter sent to the Liberal government, NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey, NDP Critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and NDP Deputy Ethics Critic, Karine Trudel called on Justin Trudeau to send the US a clear message and commit to protecting Canada’s supply management system.

“The former Conservative and our current Liberal governments have allowed our supply managed sectors to be slowly chipped away at through trade agreements like CETA and the TPP,” stated Tracey Ramsey. “These concessions have now cleared a path for President Trump’s attacks under the veil of NAFTA renegotiations”.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

March 31st, 2016

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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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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.

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.