Brian Masse in Question Period

Topic: Automobile Industry
MP: Masse, Brian
Date: Monday, 21 November 2005

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, back in November 2004, the Minister of Industry promised the following to a question I posed in the House of Commons:

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be putting together the final touches on an automotive industrial strategy for all of Canada.

That was November 2004, more than one year ago. Where is our national auto policy? We are losing jobs. Where is the minister's credibility? When will he table the policy in the House?

Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Industry, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member might ask himself why he and his party are so anxious to go to an election two weeks from the time when I told the hon. member that I was going to cabinet with an automotive strategy.

I will say that we have invested over $400 million in the automotive sector and levered over $5 billion of investment. Just this afternoon, DaimlerChrysler will be announcing another investment of over $800 million and the Government of Canada will be investing $46 million.

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians will not put up with this political blackmail any more.

Back in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004 the government promised a national auto strategy. It has not delivered and is playing politic with Canadian jobs.

Where is the minister's credibility? He has broken his promise in the House.

Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Industry, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member might want to explain to Buzz Hargrove, the head of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, why his party will take this Parliament to an election at a time when we are making major investments for the betterment of Canadian auto workers.

The hon. member and his party ought to explain that because they have a lot of explaining to do.