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Mulcair and Laferriere says ‘Real change’ doesn’t mean standing with Harper every time it counts

BRANTFORD — “Only the NDP will stand up for a better deal for Canada and Canadian workers on the Trans Pacific Partnership,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair today. During a town-hall meeting, Mulcair drew the link between Justin Trudeau’s support for C-51 and his support for the TPP.

“Justin Trudeau’s Liberals stood with Stephen Harper on C-51, and now they will join with him again to help cut jobs in our tourism, agriculture and auto sectors,” said Mulcair. “The NDP is focused on what matters to families and that’s better access to health care; affordable prescription drugs, more doctors and a Prime Minister who’ll fight for their jobs.”

The Conservative’s secretive TPP deal could mean increased costs of life-saving medications and the loss of thousands of well-paying manufacturing jobs across southwestern Ontario. Canada has already lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs under Stephen Harper, including over 40,000 auto jobs.

“In Brantford-Brant we see worry from farmers that what has happened to the manufacturing sector will happen to them,” said Laferriere. “We’ve had a hallowing out of manufacturing losing 3,800 good paying local manufacturing jobs since Harper has come into power – our riding can’t afford to lose jobs in the agri-business sector next.

“Agri-business is our number one local employer and auto is still so important to many who live here but work at auto plants in the region. Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau won’t protect our interests locally – a better deal is needed with New Democrats in Parliament fighting for you.”