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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Huron-Bruce Tory MP Says Trade To Be Big Election Issue

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Ben Lobb says trade with China, U-S will loom large for rural voters, ahead of federal election.

Two issues are likely to dominate the campaign for this October's federal election: the Trudeau government's record, and trade.

Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb aims to extend his 11 years in Parliament, as he runs for re-election against Liberal Allan Thompson.

Lobb narrowly defeated Thompson in the 2015 election.

The Tory MP says the issue of trade -- especially with China -- looms large for rural voters in Huron-Bruce.

While he admits China's reduction of Canadian canola imports is of more concern to western Canadian farmers, it's a situation that government and all farm sectors need to keep an eye on.

Lobb blames the ongoing problem on the detention of a Huawei electronics executive in British Columbia, on behalf of the US government.

He also points to the revamped trade deal involving Canada, the US and Mexico.

Lobb says even though the agreement replacing the NAFTA deal benefits America, the Democrat controlled Congress in Washington won't ratify it in its present form.

American voters last November elected a majority of liberal Democratic party candidates to the House of Representatives.

The conservative Republican party retained control of the US Senate in that election.

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