MP Earl Dreeshen Returns from Mission to Washington Focussed on Industry, Science and Technology

May 08, 2017

OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View joined an all-party delegation in Washington from May 1-4. The meetings were broad in range but were primarily focused on issues relating to industry, science, and technology.

Among the key items discussed were trade issues and how it affects industries on both sides of the border. Dreeshen and his colleagues met with Senators, Members of Congress, and various government and agency officials in this regard.

“They were timely discussions,” said Dreeshen. “The last few weeks we have seen a great deal of news on NAFTA, softwood lumber, and agricultural issues, specifically dairy. President Trump has shown that protecting jobs and the economy in the US is among his top priorities and Canada is going to have to react to this new reality. The Liberal Government’s continued agenda to raise taxes on our industry and individuals is going to put us at a growing competitive disadvantage moving forward. ”

In addition to the technology based discussions, they also held comprehensive conversations on broadband internet in rural and remote areas, intellectual property, technology transfers, artificial intelligence, and disruptive technology. In addition to the meetings, Dreeshen and his colleagues sat in on a Senate Committee hearing on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where they heard a report from the subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.

Among the committee members Dreeshen met with was Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker who Dreeshen has worked with previously through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

Dreeshen, who serves as the Vice Chair for the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology, found the discussions very productive. “In many ways we are facing similar issues when we talk about disruptive technology and opportunities and challenges that they create. It is helpful to see firsthand some of the discussions taking place in a different country and some of their approaches to solving those challenges or capitalizing on those opportunities.”

Dreeshen looks forward to the discussions as they continue in Ottawa and across Canada in the coming weeks and months.