RECKLESS CONSERVATIVE CHANGES COULD COST THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO

RECKLESS CONSERVATIVE CHANGES COULD COST THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO

 

WINDSOR – The Conservatives’ ideological plan to eliminate food packaging standard sizing will result in thousands of jobs being shipped to the United States, all because of a decision made by the Agriculture Minister with no consultation.

 

In response to a question asked by NDP Agriculture Critic MP Malcolm Allen (Welland), the government confirmed that no impact analysis was completed to defend the decision to eliminate food packaging sizing standards.

 

“It’s mindboggling how shortsighted and irresponsible these changes are,” said Allen. “There were no studies, no consultations and no industry input. Thousands of good quality jobs in Southwestern Ontario are at risk because of Ritz’s failure on this file.”

 

“It’s even more shocking that the local Conservative MPs in these communities have done nothing to stand up for the people who depend on these facilities for their livelihoods – despite the calls of small business owners, employees and even municipal representatives,” said Brian Masse, NDP MP for Windsor West.

 

The elimination of size standards for packaging means that factories will have to retool their machinery and production to adapt to these new rules.  However, this is nothing more than a shortsighted move to ship food packaging jobs to the United States.

 

“Instead of keeping thousands of good jobs in communities like Leamington, the Conservatives are happy to ship our products to the United States and kill the Southern Ontario food packaging industry.  There’s no good management in that,” concluded Masse.