MP - Essex
Chris’ hard work on the border is paying off. The cross-border commerce issue finally made it onto the Government’s radar. Chris questioned the Minister of Foreign Affairs when he appeared before CAAM today. Here’s a highlight from their exchange. (see video below)
The Government of Ontario has deemed the manufacturing and assembly sectors essential service. Business owners, their employees and customers, that hold a valid visa, must not be quarantined or pay hefty fines at the border, as a cost of doing business.
Today in CAAM I spoke with the Minister for Trade and Small Business, reminding them that trade includes the people that go with the product. Law-abiding business owners and workers are facing lengthy quarantine and hefty fines. I also addressed petition e-3297.
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This state of the art advanced manufacturing building was looking to get the buy-in of an international customer for phase 2 and phase 3 of their current contract but the representative coming to check the work and negotiate was turned away at the border.
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Business owners are losing contracts to U.S. suppliers because the situation at the border is completely chaotic. Business owners have no clarity as to whether they will be deemed ‘essential’ when they arrive at the border to conduct their cross-border transactions.
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) from this project would be some of the cleanest in the world, and would displace dirtier and more costly energy resources like coal, and LNG shipped all the way from the Gulf Coast.
I received a petition from the Windsor-Essex Border Task Force. These business owners, their employees and their customers face quarantine and/or hefty fines every time they cross the border to transact business. Future contracts and jobs are at risk.
This year, the Trudeau Liberals voted against and defeated Bill C-238, a Conservative bill that would have imposed tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms.
I asked the witnesses to comment on the impact on the border. Watch to the end to hear Aaron Henry’s troubling response. (Henry is the Senior Director, Natural Resources & Sustainable Growth, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.)
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Rogers Communications has signed a deal to buy Shaw Communications in a transaction valued at $26 billion, which would create Canada’s second largest cellular operator. The Competition Bureau has stated that it will be reviewing this deal.
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I am very proud of the decision by the Kingsville Town Council to pass this Resolution. To the best of my knowledge Kingsville is the first Municipality in Ontario to do so. I strongly encourage all Municipalities in Essex County and across the country to do the same.
Legal Aid took a serious hit in the pandemic. Courts were closed for months creating a significant backlog. I asked what conversations the Feds have had with the provinces with respect to the impact of the pandemic and how they intended to close the funding gap.
Yesterday I asked a very direct and blunt question to the Liberal Government. The question was so upfront that nobody could answer it including the Minister of Public Safety’s Parliamentary Secretary who does Friday duty.
Yesterday, the Liberal government announced their re-commitment to lifting all long-term drinking water advisories on reserves – but refused to offer a timeline of completion. The announcement focused on the launch of a redesigned website, where Canadians can track ongoing construction projects.
One factory and 200 jobs lost this week in Windsor-Essex…. Because we are losing so many jobs to the US and Mexico, I am seeing hemorrhaging and bleeding beyond belief…the conversation should be much larger than the horse racing industry….it has to be focussed on how we ensure a clear path forward for all Canadians
“Tell Me to Stay.” “In the midst of these already challenging circumstances, the government has just announced their intention to expand euthanasia and assisted suicide to include Canadians whose sole condition is a mental illness.”
Conservatives have said from the start of the crisis that there would be some sectors that would be especially hard-hit. The Canadians who depend on industries like tourism, hospitality, and the charitable sector to provide for their families need support now.
“I have the honour of working alongside many gifted women on both sides of the House and in my Ottawa and constituency offic-es. I would like to especially acknowledge my Chief of Staff, Marnie Pouget. I was raised by a strong woman, am married to a strong, independent woman and am blessed with an amazing daughter who keeps this proud dad on his toes. I am who I am because each one of them challenge me to be my best.