MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questions Minister on Procurement Policies of Canada Post Vehicles

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government chose to have military trucks procured out of Texas, throwing hundreds of workers out of jobs in Chatham, Ontario.
Now we hear Canada Post is planning to buy thousands of vehicles from Turkey rather than the Windsor made minivans because it says it is obliged to under NAFTA and WTO.
The problem with that excuse is it is not true. In fact, in the midst of an economic recession when Canadian-made alternatives are available, it is unacceptable, short-sighted and inappropriate to use taxpayers' money this way.
Will the minister insist Canada Post procure Canadian-made vehicles? Taxpayers cannot afford to subsidize--

The Speaker: The hon. Minister of State.

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport), CPC): Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague might be interested in the facts.
The facts are these are Ford Motor Company vehicles. They are going to be maintained, they are going to be retrofitted and they are going to be serviced in Canada.
It is a great news story for the Ford dealers right across the country as they are purchased through those Ford dealers.