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Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb Hopes Parliament Makes Strides On Trade

Huron-Bruce | by Fadi Didi  

Trade, housing, labour among issues Conservative MP Ben Lobb hopes to have addressed in current sitting of parliament.

The Conservative MP for Huron-Bruce is hoping parliament can make strides in trade during the current sitting of parliament.

Members of Parliament resumed business in the House of Commons last week, with the Trudeau Liberal minority promising to take action to ratify the Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), an update to the former North American Free Trade Agreement.

Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb says much was given up in supply-managed sectors of agriculture, including dairy, leaving much to be desired for farmers in the riding.

Lobb tells us the next chance to make steps in trade with the United States will be if the country's neighbours to the south reconsider their position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In his first week in office in 2017, President Donald Trump withdrew from the multi-national trade pact, severing any changes in trade Canada may have garnered from the U-S.

The beef sector is another area Lobb suggests could use a boost from the government, as beer farmers in Huron and Bruce counties look for places to send their beef, following the licence revocation of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers.

Lobb says he would like to see the federal budget balanced in 2020, and movement on a trade deal with India, along with plans to further fund housing and employment opportunities in Huron-Bruce.

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