London MPs united in opposition to U.S. trade tariffs

June 13, 2018

Three of London’s MPs discuss how the trade war with the U.S. could affect their constituents

MPs of different stripes in the London area say they’re encouraged by the united opposition of Canada’s political parties to trade tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

All parties unanimously supported a motion in the House of Commons on Monday calling on the House to “stand in solidarity” with the Liberal government’s decision to retaliate against the tariffs imposed by the U.S. government on steel and aluminum imports.

The parties are also united in support of Canadian farmers and the supply management system that is central to dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farming.

Kate Young, the Liberal MP for London West, Irene Mathyssen, the NDP MP for London-Fanshawe and Karen Vecchio, the Conservative MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London came together on CBC Radio’s London Morning on Wednesday to share their thoughts on the issue.

Some highlights of the discussion:

Irene Mathyssen:

“There is much a stake in terms of the livelihood of families (in Southwestern Ontario) and the building of communities. We depend on those workers and what they bring to the economy in order to have the things that we value — the schools, the hospitals, the standard of living. So this is a far-reaching reality.”

Kate Young:

“Our governments and economies are so integrated…And this does not just impact Canadian workers. And we have to make sure (Americans) understand they could lose just as much, if not more, than we do. And that’s why it’s so important to speak with one voice.”

Karen Vecchio:

“I’m from Elgin-Middlesex-London, of course, and we have so many agriculture products being produced here. And one of my greatest concerns is how we are going to get those to export. So I’m very concerned on how we move that forward.”