MASSE SLAMS HARPER’S INACTION FOR YET ANOTHER PLANT CLOSURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2008

MASSE SLAMS HARPER’S INACTION FOR YET ANOTHER PLANT CLOSURE
Lack of Auto Policy by both Liberals and Conservatives have weakened industry

Windsor, On- With the news of another plant closure in Essex County Brian Masse, Member of Parliament (Windsor West) and NDP Transport and Automotive Critic, today called the Harper government derelict and incompetent by refusing to introduce a national auto policy.

“Hard-working families in Windsor and throughout Canada who count on a vibrant auto sector for their livelihoods can’t trust the Harper government to stand up for them” said Masse. “Since 2004, Canada has lost 200 manufacturing jobs a day, and today with the news that the Nemak Essex Aluminium plant will be shutting down in 2009 our region will loose hundreds of direct jobs while thousands of indirect jobs will be threatened. And still this government has no auto strategy. ”

Masse further blasted the Conservative government for its claims that a cut in the GST constitutes an industrial strategy in a modern 21st century economy. “This government claims that a 2 point cut in the GST will help the volatile auto sector, but it did nothing to stop Nemek from shutting down and moving to Mexico. What is needed is strategic investment and strategic partnerships with industry and the province” said Masse.

Masse reminds the Conservative government that it was their current trade minister, former Liberal industry minister David Emerson who on November 2, 2004, informed Parliament that over “the next couple of weeks we will be putting together the final touches on an automotive industry strategy for all of Canada.” Since that time no strategy has been introduced and hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs have disappeared in Canada.

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