MASSE QUESTIONS GOVERNMENT ON TRADE WITH CHINA: Discuss manufacturing trade and save Canadian jobs
February 8th, 2012 - 8:09pm
MASSE QUESTIONS GOVERNMENT ON TRADE WITH CHINA:
Discuss manufacturing trade and save Canadian jobs
OTTAWA, ON – NDP International Trade Critic, Brian Masse MP (NDP - Windsor West), questioned the Harper Government’s intentions to help Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector while they are in China this week.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is leading a delegation of Conservative Cabinet Ministers and private companies on a trade mission to sell energy, agriculture and natural resources to China. There has been no mention of manufacturing trade with the Chinese which inevitably will lead to more lost jobs for Canadian workers.
Masse asked a similar question on Monday February 6, 2012, citing the increased manufacturing trade deficit since the Conservative Government took power in 2006. Specifically, Canada's manufacturing trade deficit has swelled drastically under Conservative leadership from $16 billion to $81 billion in five years. This deficit has led to the loss of thousands of good quality Canadian jobs – especially in the manufacturing sector.
In response to his questions Masse stated, “I agree with the need to diversify our trade and stop relying so much on our trade with the United States. However, it’s time for this government to start protecting our workers, jobs and manufacturing companies. This sector has suffered most under the Harper government and they are not doing anything to fix it. They didn’t even bring the Industry Minister on this trip. New Democrats want a commitment to our manufacturers and workers that this government will help boost this industry along with the other natural resources that it’s selling to the world.”
Both questions are copied below.
Monday, February 6, 2012:
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, after the government's trade agenda in Washington collapsed, we all know it is desperate for a win, but as Conservatives go to China, they should be mindful of their bad track record as trade negotiators. Canada's manufacturing trade deficit has swelled drastically under the Conservatives from $16 billion to $81 billion in five years, costing thousands of good quality Canadian jobs. With the Prime Minister in China to talk trade, where is the Conservative plan for protecting our manufacturing sector?
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, misplaced partisanship will not help unemployed Canadians. The reality is our trade deficit keeps going up and the unemployment rate keeps going up. Those Conservatives have just not got the job done. Canada is more than just raw logs and unprocessed oil. Under Conservatives, Canada's value-added manufacturing sector has been gutted, more jobs lost every single month. Will the government ensure any trade deal with China will help hard-hit Canadian communities that rely on a strong manufacturing sector? It is time to stand up for them this time.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012:
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, with the manufacturing trade deficit that has ballooned to more than $60 billion under the Conservative watch, with factories from White Birch to EDM shutting down, one would think the Conservatives would be looking to secure more manufacturing jobs. But the Minister of Industry is in Canada. Why is the Minister of Industry not in China promoting our manufacturing sector? Why has the government abandoned it and the workers they have left twisting in the wind?
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the minister knows full well that when it comes to manufacturing the Conservatives have just not got the job done. On their watch we have witnessed hundreds of thousands of lost manufacturing jobs, and devastated communities line up one after the other. Trade with China is important, but trade deals must be fair. They must serve Canada's interest. There must be more value-added jobs for our communities.
Can the minister tell the House how many new manufacturing jobs will be created from the trade mission to China, not the phony bogus phantom jobs the Minister of Finance bellows out, but real ones that one can raise a family with?
For further information: Brian Masse’s Ottawa Office 613-996-1541.