A good day for New Zealand’s Trump movement

ACT Leader David Seymour says he hopes New Zealand’s Trump movement, consisting of Labour, the Greens, and New Zealand First, are happy now that the U.S. is out of the TPP.

Mr Seymour described the parties as New Zealand’s Trump movement as far back as May last year, and stands by the characterization today.

“These guys protest Trump’s attitude to women and minorities, then buy into anti-trade rhetoric that is based on the same resentment of the other,” says Mr Seymour.

ACT: There’s more to American democracy than Trump

ACT Leader David Seymour responds to the US election result:

“This result will certainly concern many New Zealanders, but American democracy reflects the will of American voters. This result should be respected, and ACT offers its congratulations to president-elect Trump.

No moral high ground on Saudi sheep deal

ACT Leader David Seymour responds to the Auditor General’s report on the Saudi sheep deal:

“Wasteful deal-making like this is the natural consequence of a culture of corporate welfare,” says Mr Seymour. “The Saudi sheep deal only escapes being labelled ‘corrupt’ by virtue of how common these arrangements are across all New Zealand Governments.

ACT mourns for Orlando

ACT is deeply saddened by the recent shooting in Orlando.

“Our sympathies lie with the innocent victims and their families,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is vital that we stand by our values of freedom and tolerance, and condemn those who promote hatred, whether they are from within or outside New Zealand.

“This crime shows government and civil society must remain alert to the threat posed by those who do not share our liberal values.”

TPP protesters embarrass New Zealand and themselves

ACT Leader David Seymour says those involved in the ugly scenes outside Sky City should have stayed home and read about the benefits of trade or, better still, gone to work.

“Today is a chance to showcase New Zealand on the world stage. Instead, international media is broadcasting ugly, self-righteous hooliganism,” said Mr Seymour.

ACT welcomes important progress for our trading nation

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomed the finalisation of the TPP agreement, freeing up trade amongst the twelve signatory countries across Asia and the Pacific.

“ACT is committed to free trade between nations, and this is another important step in that direction. Tariffs will be eliminated on 93% of our trade with these nations, once the agreement is fully phased in.

“New Zealand is a trading nation. International trade is the foundation of our nation’s wealth and the basis of our standard of living.

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