Dauphin's mayor is wondering what's to be gained or lost from Manitoba joining the New West Partnership.
 
Eric Irwin says throughout the debate, neither side has been able to point to the pros and cons of being a part of the trade agreement or not.
 
"I read the paper cover to cover... every day, follow the news, and news releases, and it's never been clear to me what the benefits or detriments involved in joining it (are) under the circumstances," says Irwin.
 
Dauphin's MLA Brad Michaleski says it's all about removing barriers to trade.
 
"It allows interprovincial trade to expand, and that's just good for business in general," says Michaleski.
 
The PC government said during the campaign they would join the western provinces trade deal, and yesterday made the official announcement.