MP Jean Rousseau wor­ried about cross-bor­der trade

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.

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