Earlier this week, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Conservative House Leader and MP for Portage-Lisgar, hosted meetings with local politicians, Chambers of Commerce, and business owners, in Winkler and Portage la Prairie respectively. The meetings were part of the Conservative Defend Local Jobs Tour.
Throughout the summer, Canada’s Conservatives have been meeting with workers, businesses and local labour groups across the country to hear their views regarding Canada’s response to the U.S. tariffs.
“As we head back to Ottawa it’s important that I have a clear picture of the impact that the lack of a NAFTA agreement is having on my riding,” stated Bergen. “The meetings gave me the opportunity to hear these concerns first hand.”
MP Bergen heard from constituents about the challenges they are facing as a result of the ongoing NAFTA talks and tariffs; how this is creating a ripple effect by hurting consumers and about the people that will be laid off if a deal is not reached.
“Families are concerned about how they will put food on the table. The steel, aluminium and manufacturing sectors are worried about layoffs, and the impact tariffs will have on their ability to do business in the future,” said Bergen. “Yes, there is some frustration with Trump’s approach, but something I heard across the country was that people expected our Prime Minister would better utilize the great relationship we have overall with our American allies and neighbours to the south, and this just has not happened.”
Canada must continue to be competitive when dealing with the USA, which is lowering its taxes and opening markets for oil and gas. Liberals have imposed a carbon tax which is making Canadian business uncompetitive.
“I can assure the families and businesses of Portage-Lisgar that Conservatives will always stand with our manufacturers, agricultural producers and small businesses; moreover, we will continue to hold the Trudeau government to account when they don’t take action to defend local jobs,” concluded Bergen.