MASSE STATEMENT ON AUTO STRATEGY

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, since I was first elected in 2002, I have repeatedly called for the government to develop a national automotive strategy. In 2003, the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council released a report calling on the federal government to protect the industry and create a policy. Promise after promise, including from the former Conservative industry minister, fell by the wayside.

     Here we are 11 years after CAPC's first report, and once again, these industry leaders and experts have released another call for action to develop a strategy. They are clear that the time to act is now or Canada will lose its important foothold in this industry.

    Who has a national auto strategy? It is the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia, China, India, Sweden, Mexico, Malaysia and Nigeria. They are all competing for the same jobs.

     The Canadian auto industry has been such a large part of Canada's history and our economic strength for generations. It is time that the government work with industry and labour leaders to create a real policy, one that innovates our industry, challenges our competition and puts workers back to work, with a paycheque and a household.