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NAFTA and its impact on Oakville

NAFTA and its impact on Oakville

Local business leaders provided input to two Government of Ontario MPPs on the impact of NAFTA and trade uncertainty at a critical time when the Premier and Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade were in Washington, DC to work with federal partners to reach a deal.

“We are doing our part to remind our U.S. partners that Ontario is open for business, and that our government will always stand up for Ontario businesses and workers,” said MPP Donna Skelly, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and chair of the roundtable discussion. As part of her portfolio responsibilities, Skelly is travelling the province to consult with businesses, particularly in the steel, auto and agricultural sectors, on NAFTA.

“The feedback we heard from these big players in the community, who know trade issues well, was clear,” said Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford, roundtable host and Chair of the Legislature’s Finance & Economic Affairs Committee. “The uncertainty around NAFTA is taking its toll. Hundred of thousands of jobs hang in the balance. We are counting on the federal government to reach a NAFTA deal that protects Ontario workers.”

The roundtable included representatives from Ford Motors, Genworth, Ipex Management, Geotab, PwC as well as other companies and trade experts. Earlier today, Premier Doug Ford and Trade Minister Jim Wilson travelled to Washington to work with federal counterparts pushing towards a NAFTA deal and remind our U.S. partners that Ontario is open for business.

That was also a theme heard in the Oakville roundtable on Wednesday, September 19th.

To date, Skelly has chaired roundtable discussions in Oakville, Newmarket and Chatham. Sessions are planned in at least six additional communities across the province in the coming weeks.


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