Tracey stands up for Canadian jobs on the picket line and in the House of Commons
October 2nd, 2017 - 4:48pm
Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, last Friday I walked the picket line with 2,800 CAMI workers on strike who are fighting to keep their jobs because of bad trade policy from past governments. The minister keeps saying how wonderful NAFTA has been for our country. I am sure that is true for her corporate friends, but I certainly did not see her standing out on the picket line with us last Friday. This is the reality of NAFTA for working people fighting to keep good-paying jobs from moving south to Mexico.
What about the rest of us, how can Canadians trust the current government to protect their jobs when the Liberals will not even stand up for workers now?
Hon. Chrystia Freeland (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, let me assure the member opposite and all Canadian workers that we are fighting very hard at the NAFTA negotiating table for the interests of all Canadian workers and for Canadian jobs. The labour chapter that Canada has proposed is the most progressive labour chapter Canada has ever put forward. It has the support of Canadian unions and the support of unions in the United States. In fact, Elizabeth Warren wrote about how strong our proposals were over the weekend. Canadian workers are at the heart of our negotiating strategy