1. What is your position on President Donald Trump and Canada’s current relationship with the United States?
The trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada is one of the largest in the world.
Our negotiations with the U.S.protected more than $2 billion per day in cross-border trade and tariff-free access for more than 70 per cent of Canadian exports. We stood firm in our negotiations responding to illegal U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, with our retaliatory stance resulting in a full lift of all U.S. tariffs.
International relationships are always a combination of trade and diplomacy. Canada’s ability to negotiate our trade relationship with the United States over the past four years has been exemplary.
I am, however, disappointed in the rhetoric that comes out of the U.S. political arena and worry that it is a trend of behaviour in Canadian politics. My position has always been to raise the level of conversation beyond the hyper-partisanship we see in more public avenues of debate.
2. How would you as an MP approach the relationship between Canada and Indigenous governments?
For over two decades, I have had the privilege of working closely with local First Nations, building relationships that are grounded in mutual respect and trust. This approach, rooted in honesty and humility, that I learned from the Elders, is the approach that we must embrace as the foundation of our Nation-to-Nation relationships with Indigenous leadership.