October 7th, 2015

Trudeau’s lack of clarity on TPP divides Liberals

As Justin Trudeau struggles to decide where he stands on Stephen Harper’s TPP, Ontario Liberal candidates are taking matters into their own hands, landing squarely on both sides of the issue.

When asked if the Liberal Party would stand with Tom Mulcair in refusing to be bound by Harper’s TPP deal, Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna said: “Absolutely not.”

But in Simcoe North, Liberal candidate Liz Riley sounded-off against the TPP’s impact on family farms:

The fear is that the supply-management system, which we have here in Canada, will be traded off to allow others countries — like New Zealand, that’s very anxious to penetrate our market in the dairy world — to have a greater chance here,” Riley said. “The way supply management works is probably very good for all Canadians. It means that our prices have been kept stable.” Liberal candidate, Liz Riley

In Etobicoke Centre, Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj warned against trusting Stephen Harper’s spin on TPP:

“Most Canadians don’t believe what Stephen Harper is saying about this deal.” Liberal candidate, Borys Wrzesnewskyj

It’s decision time for Mr. Trudeau. Does he share the legitimate concerns raised by some of his candidates or does he hold the hard line of others who don’t believe a better deal possible?

New Democrats believe that better is always possible.