MASSE SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR LEAVING MANUFACTURING OUT OF THRONE SPEECH

39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION
EDITED HANSARD • NUMBER 001
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, for the past five years Canadian manufacturers have lost over 250,000 jobs. The Canadian dollar has increased. There are issues around the lack of sectoral strategies. The previous Liberal administration promised an auto policy but it did not deliver. In fact, one of its members, the minister of industry at that time, flip-flopped and crossed the floor to the Conservatives in order to pursue an aggressive strategy to sign a deal with Korea that will cost the manufacturers and auto jobs in Ontario.

Why has the government abandoned a unanimous report from the industry committee that included 22 recommendations that were agreed to by all parties, including his party. Where are those recommendations? Where are the supports for the manufacturers across this country? Why is there no auto policy? Why are the Conservatives continuing to move toward trade deals that would cost Canadians their jobs?