MASSE QUESTIONS THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY ON FAILED FORD INVESTMENT

Canada Needs a National Automotive Strategy

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, quotes do not equal a pay cheque, and the reality is the Conservatives' failure to work with the others cost Windsor $1.5 billion in investment now going to Mexico.

    The Conservatives failed to reach a deal with the province, Ford and the union to build a major production facility that would have actually produced 1,000 jobs for my community and Essex County. New Democrats have long called for a proactive auto strategy that would bring together governments, industry and labour to support good jobs and create them in our communities, and avoid disappointments like this one.

    Eleven countries have a national auto strategy. They include the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, Australia, India and, yes, Mexico. Why did this minister let our community down?

    Hon. James Moore (Minister of Industry, CPC): Mr. Speaker, that is utterly nonsensical. Sticking with budget 2014, where he says he wants answers, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association says, “Budget 2014 demonstrates the government's continued recognition of the importance of the auto sector to Canada's economy”.

    There is a reason why we do have a strong auto sector in Canada. It is because on average we have a 13% lower corporate tax rate than is in the United States. The NDP leader said last week that the NDP wants to increase corporate taxes. So let us think of that. The New Democrats want to increase taxes and drive out the auto sector so they can bring in revenue to give back to the Canadian auto sector that would not exist under NDP policy. That is their approach. The way we have it, we have it right.