Ottawa, ON – Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade, and Gerard Deltell, Shadow Minister for Treasury Board, today called on the Trudeau government to address delays for businesses accessing tariff relief and announced that a Conservative government in 2019 will make this a priority.
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives spent months travelling across Canada on the Defend Local Jobs tour, speaking with over 200 business owners, labour groups and stakeholders to determine how best to respond to the threat our economy now faces resulting from US tariffs.
“We heard the same message over and over again. Small and medium sized businesses are being hindered by red tape and bureaucracy imposed by the Trudeau government, and are unable to access the relief they need to stay afloat during this difficult period.
“Businesses have started to cut orders, reduce shifts, and in some cases have been forced to lay off workers. As a result, investment is already moving to markets outside of Canada.
“The unfortunate truth is that, by signing the USMCA trade deal with no assurances that destructive tariffs on steel, aluminum, and softwood lumber will be lifted, Justin Trudeau has failed to protect our economy.
“Canada’s Conservatives will always be vigilant when it comes to protecting Canadian jobs and our economy, and call on Justin Trudeau to do the same. An Andrew Scheer government in 2019 is committed to cleaning up the mess the Prime Minister has created. We will address delays with the Duty Relief Program, by guaranteeing that businesses will receive payment thirty days from when they submit documents, and by improving access to emergency loans through Export Development Canada.”
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Office of Dean Allison - Dean.Allison.A1@parl.gc.ca - 613-995-2772