TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove applauded an
announcement by federal Liberal opposition leader Stéphane Dion to create a
$1 billion fund to support manufacturing and promote green production if his
party is elected to government.
He commended Dion for recognizing the important role the manufacturing
sector plays in the health of the Canadian economy and for having the vision
to invest in companies using new technologies to make Canada a leader in green
"This fund would provide a much needed boost to struggling manufacturers
and the workers they employ, particularly the auto industry which is grappling
with unfair trade, a slowing US economy, a high dollar and environmental
challenges," said Hargrove.
He called the announcement a refreshing change from the current
government which has so far ignored the plight of struggling industries,
despite joint calls for action by industry, labour and other levels of
"What we've seen this past week alone should be enough to convince
Canadians that this government has no interest in protecting Canadian jobs or
industry," said Hargrove.
The promised $1 billion Community Development Trust Fund, announced last
week by Harper's Conservative government, would only be implemented if the
spring budget is passed. Other politicians have accused Harper of playing
partisan politics at the expense of workers.
The CAW has led a campaign to highlight manufacturing job loss and press
the government for action addressing unbalanced trade and a soaring Canadian
dollar. In the last five years alone, more than 350,000 manufacturing jobs
have been lost, with tens of thousands more being lost each month.
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