As the fall session of Parliament... began on September 17th, there were many significant issues brewing for the government; the ongoing re-negotiation of NAFTA and the related tariffs and countervailing tariffs on US imports and exports, the continuing disorderly border crossings in southern Quebec by people seeking refugee status, the troubled expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta into BC, and fate of the Prime Minister’s carbon tax plan as Ontario and Saskatchewan have withdrawn and are challenging the law in court, and other provinces are contemplating the same.
Canada’s dairy industry, accounting for 12% of all agricultural production, has been in the news lately over President Trump’s criticisms and balking about the US being shut out of Canada’s dairy market. Our party remains committed to keeping supply management. It works for farmers and consumers and continues to permit Canada to open access to new international markets for Canadian exporters.
It is quite evident that the US economy is very strong. Wages are increasing, unemployment is virtually non-existent (3.8%), and the number of jobs is growing is steadily. This is good news for Canada as the US and Mexico account for 75% of our export markets. Moreover, one in five jobs in Canada is a direct result of exports. Canada’s economy, our jobs and prosperity, has a lot more to lose than the US. We heard on Monday, October 1st that a deal has been struck for the new USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement) to replace NAFTA. This is great news for Canada’s economy and will help replace uncertainty with confidence for private investment and new opportunities for unrestricted trade with our closest export market. It seems the government had to give up some access to Canada’s dairy market in order to finalize this deal and there is surely more detail in the agreement that exporters and potential exporters will need to become familiar with. I hope the government will provide some transitional support for dairy, poultry and egg producers as they adjust to this new reality – permitting an additional 3.6% of Canada’s dairy to be tariff-free for US dairy exporters.
Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North.
Irregular Border Crossers
I believe that Canadians... from all walks of life will agree that a fair, compassionate and orderly immigration system is essential to the future of Canada. This system has been greatly challenged of late by increased migration from the United States into Canada. We have now learned that over 65% of illegal border crossers from 2017-18 had legal status in the United States before illegally entering into Canada. We also learned that only 0.5% of illegal border crossers have been deported. Only 6 out of 900 illegal crossers who were already facing deportation from the U.S. have been removed. This is largely due to...
The other day... Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer laid out a plan to get the Trans Mountain Expansion built and the steps a Conservative government will take in 2019. It is vital that all proper steps be taken to ensure the project goes forward responsibly. It is my opinion that the proposed plan...
One of the most distressing issues... my staff and I often deal with are responding to complaints of scams involving taxation and immigration services. Fraudsters pretending to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have been calling unwitting consumers and telling them they owe money from a past tax return. The consumers are told they will incur additional fees, face jail time or be deported if they fail to pay the sum - by wire transfer, pre-paid credit cards, gift cards or bitcoin.
A service that my staff can provide, is to advise and assist any resident wishing to obtain or renew their Canadian passport. In addition to the regular passport services available at my two constituency offices in Orillia and Midland, I also host convenient “one stop” passport clinics at various riding locations throughout the year.
Join MPP Jill Dunlop and I for Seniors Day on Friday, October 5th, North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland, or on Friday October 12th at ODAS Park, Orillia. Both events run 9:30 to 1:30 – speakers on relevant subjects, community services representatives on hand, lunch and entertainment.
Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival & Arts & Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and outstanding artisans and crafters. On the historic site, there will be lots of heritage activities for families to enjoy, including pumpkin decorating, traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” (corn, beans, & squash), a sampling of historic foods and tea, torch-making demonstrations, corn-on-the-cob, & a historic encampment.
A free workshop is being offered by the North Simcoe futures development corporation. Communicate effectively and respectfully with those whose style may differ from your own. Initiate conversations that promote collaboration, civility and respect in the workplace. Building trust through active listening and questions. Review the human rights code related to workplace practices.