COMMUNITY TRUST FUND TO AID WINDSOR: Masse thanks Windsor for putting pressure on Harper Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2008

COMMUNITY TRUST FUND TO AID WINDSOR: Masse thanks Windsor for putting pressure on Harper Government

OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Harper government did an about-face and promised immediate help to struggling one-industry towns, such as Windsor’s automotive industry, by tabling Bill C-41 and calling on Parliament to immediately approve this $1-billion community development fund.

The government previously stated that this funding would be part of the upcoming federal budget 2008, but under extreme pressure from several communities, including Windsor, the Conservatives have flip-flopped and introduced this motion to fast-track these payments.

“They have heard the voices of our community loud and clear. We need help now and we have made it clear that this funding should not be tied to the federal budget. It is not a political issue but a survival issue for so many ordinary and working Canadians who, especially in Windsor, are relying on federal government supports to stay afloat in these increasingly difficult economic times,” Masse stated.

“The rising Canadian dollar, increased competition to our domestic automotive companies by foreign companies, and lopsided, unfair trade agreements like the proposed Korean free trade deal, have all tipped the scales out of Windsor’s favour. Windsorites have acted decisively and voiced their concerns regarding this federal funding for much-needed community development to the Prime Minister and the Harper Government,” Masse declared.

“Regardless of this victory, we still need to continue our fight for an accountable auto policy and an end to unfair trade agreements,” Masse said.

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