Submission of the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP Electoral District Association to the Commons Standing Committee on International Trade regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Authored by David McLaren
The Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Electoral District Association of the New Democratic Party is responsible for nominating candidates for federal and Ontario elections and generally conducting the business of the Association in the riding. Currently, our principle concern is the poor state of the region’s economy, particularly the precarious work that constituents must accept now that manufacturing jobs have left the area. We have studied the impact of precarious work on constituents and note that it has significant adverse consequences for people’s health and their ability to participate in the economic and social life of their communities. This is a problem common to many rural communities in Canada. We have hopes that ‘retooling’ for an innovative economy will alleviate this situation; but we fear that the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will put that goal out of reach.