FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2018
Ottawa, ON –Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade, issued the following statement after the Trudeau Liberals voted against a motion to have the Prime Minister appear at the Standing Committee on International Trade to testify and present a plan for the immediate removal of tariffs on steel and aluminum products:
“Canadians have a right to know exactly how Justin Trudeau will address the growing negative impacts of steel and aluminum tariffs for our workers and our economy. Unfortunately, the Trudeau Liberals voted against a motion by Opposition Members on the Standing Committee on International Trade to have the Prime Minister appear and put forward a plan for removing these tariffs.
“When the Prime Minister signed the new NAFTA trade agreement, he failed to ensure that tariffs were removed from Canadian steel and aluminum products. Canadians are now facing even more uncertainty given the recent announcement that the United States will terminate the existing trade agreement if the new NAFTA is not ratified in six months.
“When Conservatives spent months travelling across Canada speaking with over 200 business owners, labour groups, and stakeholders, we heard the same message over and over again. Local businesses are being hindered by red tape and higher taxes imposed by the Trudeau government, and are unable to access the relief they need to stay afloat during a difficult period with no end in sight. Businesses have had to cut orders, reduce shifts, and in some cases have been forced to lay off workers.
“Canada’s Conservatives will continue fighting to protect Canadian workers and our economy, and we call on Justin Trudeau to do the same. This Prime Minister must take immediate action, tell Canadians exactly what his plan is to get tariffs removed from our steel and aluminum products, and ensure that our workers and our economy remain competitive.”
For more information:
Office of Dean Allison