MP Jean Rousseau worried about cross-border trade
The overnight shutdown of the American government could have significant consequences on the economies of both sides of the border, warned New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead).
“The Stanstead border crossing is one of the major gateways to the United States,” said Rousseau. “Every year, one million travellers pass by our customs office, and that’s not counting commercial transport. An increase in delays at the borders may translate into significant losses for Canadian retailers.”
The MP is asking all citizens of the riding to let him know about anything unusual at the border crossing. In a letter written this afternoon by the Official Opposition critic responsible for the Canada-U.S. border, Brian Masse (Windsor West), New Democrats asked Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to explain the Conservative government’s game plan.
“Even though border services have been recognized as essential by the American government, we will continue to closely monitor the situation. We hope that this crisis will be resolved quickly to avoid any loss of revenue for the retailers of our region,” said Rousseau.