MP to host local NAFTA roundtable talks

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen has scheduled two Sept. 11, roundtable discussions in the wake of recent NAFTA negotiations.

The MP has been touring Conservative Party of Canada concerns with her summer “Defends Local Jobs” tour.

The Portage-Lisgar roundtable meetings, the MP says, is to “meet with local business owners from across Portage-Lisgar in regard to the impact of Canada’s strained trading relationship with the United States on their businesses.

“Many residents and business owners from across Portage-Lisgar have raised their concerns with me about the uncertainty surrounding trade with the United States. They have expressed frustration that Mexico and the U.S. struck a deal behind Justin Trudeau’s back. They want to know why Canada is on the outside looking in, while major sectors of the economy and many local jobs hang in the balance,” Bergen said. “It is essential that I meet with more local business owners and workers to discuss the challenges they are facing with respect to trade and tariffs.”

The first meeting will take place in Winkler at 11 a.m., followed by a meeting in Portage la Prairie at 2 p.m.

“During these meetings, I want to hear from these local businesses and owners on their ideas, concerns, and solutions, around NAFTA, tariffs, taxes and the economy,” she said.

The Winkler roundtable will start at 10 a.m. at the Country Kitchen (851 Main St.) and in Portage at 2 p.m. at the Canad Inns, Ambassador Room

(2401 Saskatchewan Ave. W.).

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