TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director Ken
Neumann says the Conservative Party platform released Tuesday fails to support
the manufacturing sector that has languished under Stephen Harper's do-nothing
policy of the last two years.
"Too little too late," is putting it mildly," said Neumann. "This
platform shows no understanding of the real crisis being felt by hundreds of
thousands of Canadians who have lost their jobs, followed by their homes and
their communities. The funding promised to auto and aerospace is to be
dribbled out over several years and does not address the fundamental need to
reverse the job loss and present an industrial strategy.
"Instead, the Conservative reliance on deregulation and the free hand of
the market has led to a deepening financial crisis. Eliminating a few tariffs
on imported machinery and equipment is exactly the opposite of a buy-Canadian
policy that would help to bring jobs back in."
Neumann said Harper "has a lot of nerve" including in his platform a
previously announced $1.27-million 'investment' to support innovation in the
forestry sector after signing a softwood lumber agreement with the US that has
meant more raw logs exported and the disappearance of wood processing jobs in
"I hope Canadians see through the soft, cardigan-wearing, fuzzy-slipper
image Harper has been selling to voters over the last month. No wonder he
saved the reveal until a week before the election. It has nothing in it for
working people, nothing in it to protect Canada from global uncertainty. There
are real challenges facing our economy and this platform does not address
"This is not a plan for the future. It is more of the same - and look
where that got us."
The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than
280,000 men and women working in every sector of the economy.
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