While in Waterloo, Mulcair warned a crowd of 300 of what the controversial, 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership could do to the region’s farmers.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair presented his party as the only one with the backbone to walk away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership during a six-stop campaign blitz through southwestern Ontario.
He went on to say that an NDP government would rip up any agreement that doesn’t protect the fundamental pillars of supply management – a regime of production controls and import tariffs that protects Canadian dairy farmers and which a few have suggested could be on the table at the trade talks taking place in Atlanta.
Mulcair says the NDP won’t ratify the deal in Parliament and has sent letters to area mayors, including Hamilton’s Fred Eisenberger, warning about potential job losses.
The Conservative leader made the comment the morning after the final debate of the election campaign Friday night, during which he criticized Justin Trudeau’s proposal to legalize the drug. A briefing about the deal was scheduled for later in the day in Ottawa.
Harper told supporters in Bay Roberts that those who work in the province’s fisheries sector would benefit from such a deal.
Foreign negotiators have said Canada’s protectionist system would have to be opened up for a deal to be reached, though it remains unclear what concessions might be made by the federal government.
The Conservative leader has also repeatedly said the government intends to protect supply management, but not everyone is convinced.
“We will of course evaluate and look at what’s in the deal”, he said in Brampton after a boisterous and crowded rally with dozens of Ontario candidates.
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Mulcair says they will bring the retirement age back to 65 and save up to $3-billion a year in health care with prescription group purchases.
It’s a message Liberal strategists believe will resonate loudly in ridings like Brampton, where half the residents are immigrants, for whom the prospect of two classes of citizenship is particularly worrisome.
“He can’t be trusted on any guarantees he’s given,” he said, noting the prime minister said much the same thing about the Canada-Europe free trade agreement, and yet a final text still hasn’t been released. Werb asked. “The opposite is actually the case – the annual rate of smoking among Canadians has been dropping steadily for the past two decades, with the highest decline among youth aged 15 to 19 years old”.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May will campaign today in Victoria, where she’s expected to announce her plan for arts and culture.