MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse Follow-Up with Minister of Transport
April 14th, 2010 - 8:30pm
Hansard - April 15, 2010
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the American transportation secretary has labelled Toyota “safety deaf”. He has actually levied millions of dollars of fines and is considering more. Now Consumer Reports has put a Toyota vehicle on the rare “do not buy” list. What is happening on the Canadian side? The minister actually issued a statement and a press release applauding Toyota's behaviour.
Meanwhile, American, Japanese and other European governments are investigating Toyota executives for failure to act. The minister and the Prime Minister know how to call the RCMP. When will Toyota executives be investigated in Canada just like they are being done across the planet?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let me say two things. One, that officials within Canada's defect investigations and recalls division are in fact conducting an investigation. The member knows that because these officials appeared before committee. With respect to the Lexus issue that he raised coming from Consumer Reports, our defect investigations and recalls division has received no complaints of roll-overs and no complaints of steering systems from the 2007-11 years.