MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex) called on the Prime Minister today in Question Period to show real leadership for manufacturing workers across Canada and especially in her region of Essex and Southwestern Ontario.  

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister decided he will not take part in the signing of the USMCA alongside Donald Trump if tariffs are still in place. How exactly is this defending Canadian jobs? Is the Prime Minister so vain that he thinks depriving the U.S. of his presence from a photo-op is the best trade strategy to get rid of the tariffs”? said Ramsey. “Make no mistake, we are still signing it. He just does not want his picture doing it, and who can blame him? I would not want my picture taken signing it either”. 

Canada’s steel and aluminum sector has been hard hit since the US Administration placed the illegal tariffs in May; workers and companies are feeling the stress and hardship of these tariffs. In addition to the tariffs, the USMCA will sacrifice market access to our supply management sector and it will make some medications more expensive. Yesterday, a report from the National Bank of Canada revealed that Canada’s trade deficit with the European Union jumped by 46 per cent in the first nine months of the year, compared to the same time period before the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect. Add to this the negative impacts of the newly ratified Comprehensive and Progressive TransPacific Partnership Agreement the Liberals rushed through Parliament this fall, where 58, 000 workers will lose their jobs in supply managed industries and in the auto sector.  

“Canada must stop signing poorly negotiated trade agreements that only increase other countries ability to flood our market with their goods and services and leave our domestic industries to cope with job losses and economic hardship. It is time for the Prime Minister to show real leadership and a commitment to Canadian industry and workers and get these tariffs removed” said Ramsey.