Trudeau Budget Short Sighted

When it comes to trade, Conservatives want the best deal for Canadian families, workers and businesses. We understand why Canadians are concerned with the NAFTA renegotiations.

One-in-5 Canadian jobs are created as a result of free trade agreements and it is critical that Justin Trudeau continues to protect these well-paying, high-quality jobs.

It’s unacceptable that Justin Trudeau unveiled a federal budget that doesn’t contain a contingency plan if NAFTA is terminated, or promote policies that make Canada a more attractive place to invest and do business.

The latest round of NAFTA talks concluded this week, coming at a time when US President Trump announced that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports. President Trump has stated that Canada will be subjected to those tariffs, if a “new and fair” NAFTA agreement is not signed.

Budget 2018 contained no new policies that will help Canadian steel and aluminum workers deal with US protectionist policies and trade disruptions.

Canada’s Conservatives stand with the Canadian steel and aluminum workers who will be severely impacted if the United States moves forward with crippling tariffs on aluminum and steel exports. The Trudeau government is failing to take these trade disputes and other trade irritants seriously.

If Canada isn’t open for business, then fewer people in Washington will value maintaining NAFTA in its current form.

Dean Allison, MP Niagara West

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