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Canada’s Conservatives call on Trudeau government to defend beef producers

Conservative Party of Canada | August 7, 2018

Lethbridge, AB – Rachael Harder, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, along with 32 Conservative MPs, wrote to the Finance Minister about the potential impact sanctions or tariffs would have on Canadian beef producers.

“Canada’s Conservatives are working hard to stand up for the interests of the more than 60,000 beef farmers across Canada,” said Harder. “The beef sector is a highly competitive, integrated industry with the United States and any potential sanctions or tariffs would cause significant damage to the industry on both sides of the border. I am hearing from beef producers that they are already at a competitive disadvantage because taxes continue to go up in Canada, while they go down in the United States.”

The Conservative Caucus has been touring Canada this summer listening to workers, business leaders and labour groups from across the country about the ongoing trade dispute with the United States and its effects on Canadian families. The beef sector employs more than 60,000 people, and is responsible for $6.8 billion in sales.

“Beef producers in my riding want the Trudeau government to get serious and prioritize the passing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This trade agreement has the potential to boost Canada's income by $20 billion over the next decade. This is why Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party, wrote to the Prime Minister requesting that he immediately convene an emergency session to approve this critical trade deal,” said Harder.

“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to listen to Canadians and hold the Trudeau government to account when they don’t take action to defend local jobs,” concluded Harder.

Conservatives want to hear directly from Canadians about how they think federal legislators can best address the trade challenges we face. Those who would like to participate in this initiative can visit DefendLocalJobs.ca.

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Contact Information:

Rachael.Harder.a2@parl.gc.ca - (613) 992-4516