Today, the Prime Minister, alongside the Presidents of the United States and Mexico, signed the new NAFTA. The Canada-U.S.- Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) will reinforce the strong economic ties between the three countries and support well-paying middle class jobs.
It has been a long road to get to this process, but rest assured that the Canadian negotiators fought hard and held out for a good deal for Canada. That is exactly what we got.
Since the announcement in principle, I have held two round tables with manufacturers and businesses in our community to hear their concerns and gain their insights. My colleague, Gen. Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the round table with the Chamber of Commerce to hear first hand from businesses in our community about the impact of the negotiations as well as the unfair and illegal steel and aluminum tariffs. We remain committed to fighting these illegal tariffs and ensuring that Canadian industries retain tariff-free access to U.S. market.
The overall consensus from our local businesses was that they were in favour of the proposed deal and that it offers more economic stability and supports future job growth.
October’s final weekend was action packed. From Roger’s Hometown Hockey visiting our community, to the Grand Opening of Burlington Centre and their annual Halloween Trick or Treat event, there was much to do and see all across town.
Through November, I was once again privileged to participate in the annual Remembrance Day services that are held throughout Burlington. From the retirement home services with Bill Reid and the Burlington Legion Colour Guard, to the shores of Lake Ontario with the Burl-Oak Naval Vets and the City Hall Cenotaph with the Burlington Legion, it is always an honour to be able to commemorate those who have made sacrifices in service of our country as your federal representative.
In addition to holding meetings with constituents throughout the month of November, I stopped by Kelly’s Bake Shoppe to highlight the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, and to Langtry Blast Technologies to learn more about their work in exporting blasting machines to the United States and around the world. It is always remarkable to hear about the many businesses in our riding and the great work they do.
On November 14th, I held an open forum Town Hall. I would like to thank all those who came out to share their thoughts and opinions with me. Issues ranged from Climate Change and Cannabis, to gun control and promoting tourism. If you were not able to make it, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office to share your thoughts on issues that matter to you and to Canada.
With the Holidays fast approaching, I am looking forward to kicking off the festivities tonight at the annual flipping of the switch at City Hall for Burlington’s Festival of Lights. I encourage you to come down to our beautiful downtown tonight, and throughout all of December, to appreciate the magical light displays. Hopefully, I will see you there and on Sunday at the annual Santa Claus Parade!
I look forward to seeing you all throughout the month of December and over the Holidays. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, and all the best for the New Year.
If you are in town, I would be delighted for you to join me at my 4th Annual New Year’s Levee at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Sunday January 6th from 1 to 4pm. The Guilds will be putting on their demonstrations, we’ll have treats and light refreshments, recognize new Canadians in our community and celebrate the Grade 5 artists featured in my annual community calendar contest. I hope to see you there!
Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament
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