Canadian taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be going to foreign companies.
I don’t often agree with Jagmeet Singh, but it’s important to call it like I see it. And when it comes to his Made In Canada procurement plan is a good idea.
Singh outlined the plan in the first leaders debate, saying that whenever the federal government spends taxpayer dollars on a project, those funds should be kept in Canada.
A key example of why that policy is needed can be seen in the recent betrayal of Canadian steelworkers by the Trudeau Liberals. The Liberals lifted tariffs that were blocking Chinese steel from being used on two massive LNG projects in BC.
By lifting those tariffs, the Liberals cost tens of thousands of Canadian steelworker jobs, and deprived Canadian steel companies of the opportunity to profit from the project. Instead, those jobs, and those profits, will go to Communist China. Since the government has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the project, it is only fair that they can require the project to use Canadian steel and Canadian workers.
And when it comes to direct procurement from the federal government, it’s outrageous that our taxpayer dollars are spent outside our country.
Jagmeet Singh is right to be focusing on a Made In Canada approach, as our country needs to reduce our dependence on foreign countries and build up our economy here at home. Unfortunately, Singh hasn’t expanded that common sense thinking to Canada’s energy industry, as he is proposing policies that would devastate the industry and increase purchases of foreign oil, which is unacceptable. Canadian Energy must be part of any Made In Canada plan.
So, while Jagmeet Singh’s overall economic policy is not good, his Made In Canada proposal is something that the other parties should copy.
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