Scheer: Trudeau Must Tackle Looming Jobs Crisis at First Ministers’ Meeting
December 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, made the following statement ahead of the First Ministers’ Meeting in Montreal:
“Canada’s looming jobs crisis must be at the top of Justin Trudeau’s agenda when he meets with Canada’s premiers tomorrow.
“For months, the premiers have been raising concerns on behalf of their residents over his disastrous economic policies that have led to a looming jobs crisis in key industries.
“Western Canada’s oil and gas sector is in crisis, with a crippling oil price differential threatening tens of thousands of jobs. This is clearly the most pressing need for him to address. He should start by announcing that he will finally listen to the premiers, industry, and energy sector workers, and scrap the “No More Pipelines” Bill C-69.
“However, it’s not just oil and gas. Ontario’s manufacturing sector is reeling after the announced closure of the GM plant in Oshawa. Devastating tariffs remain on Canadian steel and aluminum after Justin Trudeau failed to have them removed as part of the new NAFTA agreement. And Canada’s softwood lumber dispute with the United States is still unresolved.
“These matters require leadership and decisive action. No more photo ops and vaguely worded joint statements. I expect Justin Trudeau to arrive in Montreal ready to deal with this looming jobs crisis immediately.”
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