Ruth Ellen Calls on the Government to Unites as Canadians

Ms. Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé, NPD): Mr. Speaker, the New Democrats stand in solidarity with the government and the Prime Minister against the provactive words from the Trump administration.

    The current tariffs are illegal and the additional threats will hurt Canadian and American workers. While Canadians stand together, President Trump stands alone. American lawmakers and the U.S. allies strongly oppose Trump's erratic behaviour against their biggest and closest friend.

    Will the government work with all parties in the House to present a unified response to Trump?

 Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the answer is simple. Yes, we will obviously work with all members of the House to stand up for Canadian workers to ensure that the women and men in these sectors so important to our economy are protected. We will also work with all members of the House to ensure that the response that our government makes to these unjustified and unreasonable tariffs is measured and proportionate.

    We have said publicly the natural security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians. That is why we are moving forward responsibly with retaliatory tariffs that are equivalent to the ones that the United States has unjustly applied to Canada.