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Federal NDP leader tours the region to talk trade, tariffs, and affordable housing


Photo submitted: MP Tracey Ramsey, MPP Taras Natyshak, and  Federal NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, received a tour of Atlas Tube from CEO Barry Zekelman.

Photo submitted: MP Tracey Ramsey, MPP Taras Natyshak, and  Federal NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, received a tour of Atlas Tube from CEO Barry Zekelman.


by Sylene Argent

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and MPP Taras Natyshak were part of a regional tour that took Federal NDP Party Leader Jagmeet Singh to various businesses and groups throughout the region to discuss trade, housing issues, and other matters affecting the area.

  On Saturday, Singh visited Atlas Tube for a tour with CEO Barry Zekelman. Ramsey said important conversations were had at the local business about the impact recently implemented US tariffs have had on the industry and jobs. Discussions also surrounded around the need for support for the Canadian steel industry and jobs, and what good paying jobs mean to small communities.  

  The second stop of the tour included a labour roundtable in Windsor where trade impacts were again discussed, in addition to child poverty and lack of accessibility to affordable housing. 

  On Saturday evening, Singh, Ramsey said, attended the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 773 centennial anniversary. She said many attended the gala at the Windsor Casino. A big highlight of the night was learning how this Local was a part of major infrastructure builds in the region over the 100 years it has been in operation.  

  On Sunday, tour participants took part in a luncheon with legal aid representatives and those who work with migrant workers. Challenges they face were discussed, Ramsey said.

  The tour also visited Jobin Farms, where Ramsey said dairy farmers spoke about worries with NAFTA and supply management.

  Ramsey said Windsor-Essex is getting hit hard by trade war. She said the local representatives wanted to show Singh that Windsor-Essex is a vibrant area, and covey the issues the region is facing.

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