At the end of the House trade committee’s meeting with Chrystia Freeland on June 19, Randy Hoback, a Conservative Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan, used a procedural manoeuvre to force a vote on adding to the panel’s pre-summer workload.
He wanted to schedule a couple of two-hour meetings next week to hear from some of the men and women who will be caught in the middle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tit-for-tat trade war with U.S. President Donald Trump. “Maybe they will have some other ideas on other alternatives to stand up for them without it actually being a tariff,” Hoback said.
Pfft, said the Liberal majority. Hoback and three other Conservatives were in favour, as was the New Democratic MP; all six Liberal in attendance were opposed.
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