MP Dreeshen Takes Part in NAFTA Town Hall Meeting

December 01, 2017

Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer Mountain View joined dozens of Albertans at a NAFTA town hall meeting in Calgary on December 1, 2017.


“As Conservatives, we can be proud that US Free Trade, NAFTA and CETA were all Conservative accomplishments,” said Dreeshen, who sits on the House of Commons International Trade Committee. “In fact 98% of export access by Canadian producers were negotiated and won by Conservative governments.


The Conservative focus will be to make sure that jobs dependent on trade are maintained and enhanced through market access for our exporters. Hundreds of thousands of jobs tied to trade are on the line and jobs must be the priority.


Dreeshen continued, “Conservatives will work with the government – where we can – to ensure that our farms and our businesses keep fair market access to the United States and Mexico.


Approximately 1-in-5 Canadian jobs are created as a result of free trade agreements and it’s critical that Justin Trudeau continues to protect these well-paying, high-quality jobs.


“We are worried that the priorities stated by the Liberal government and the start of NAFTA re-negotiations did not include the Auto Sector, Softwood Lumber or our resource sector.  Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake in these key industries that the government does not list as a priority,” Dreeshen added.


The town hall hosted by the University of Alberta and Global Affairs Canada.