MASSE CALLS ON HARPER GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH AN AUTO POLICY

Hansard Blues – March 7, 2008

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise again today to call upon this House to institute a national auto policy. The Conservative government, supported by the Liberals, continues to move the auto industry in the wrong direction and cost Canadian jobs.

This budget in particular adds taxes to the auto industry and eliminates funding for new technology and programs that could actually create green sustainable jobs.

Why does the government continue to pursue trade policies where once again we cannot actually ship our auto products into other markets because of tariff and non-tariff barriers put on Canadians?

I call upon the Liberals to stand up and stop this disastrous auto policy. The Minister of International Trade is a former Liberal who crossed the floor so the Conservatives could kill the auto industry. He is right. He is doing it with his colleagues right now.