CAW Urges Canadian Content in Government Infrastructure Projects

    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW/ - Following today's announcement for additional
transit funding CAW President Buzz Hargrove is urging all levels of government
to require Canadian content when purchasing for infrastructure projects.
    "At a time when thousands and thousands of jobs are being lost, plants
closed or downsized in the Canadian manufacturing sector, our elected
officials must show leadership in ensuring tax dollars are spent on
Canadian-made goods and services that create jobs in Canada," Hargrove said.
"The wages earned are put back into our economy and further support Canadian
infrastructure and social services."
    The federal and Ontario government announcement of billions of dollars
for transit is an important step forward in the improvement of the province's
transportation infrastructure, he said. The rapid transit route announcement
is more positive news following a federal government commitment yesterday of
$6.2 billion to be spread across the province for infrastructure improvements.
    "It's also a critical opportunity for the federal and Ontario governments
to ensure Canadian jobs are being created at a time when thousands of workers
and their families are suffering because of the crisis in manufacturing,"
Hargrove said. A recent positive example of government spending is the
proposed purchase of 18 new Canadian-made hybrid buses by the City of Windsor,
manufactured by New Flyer in Winnipeg.
    As part of its ongoing Made in Canada Matters campaign, the CAW has been
urging municipal governments to:

    -  require a minimum 50 per cent Canadian content and domestic final
       assembly in the purchase of public transit vehicles;
    -  require the purchase of goods and services with the highest possible
       level of Canadian content;
    -  require potential vendors to identify the source of goods and services
       and the overall level of Canadian content, as part of the tendering

    The CAW is also calling on the federal, provincial and territorial
governments to immediately enact "Buy Canadian" legislation applying to direct
public purchases. The province of Quebec already has a 60 per cent Canadian
content requirement for government purchases.
    Over the last five years nearly 400,000 good manufacturing jobs have been
lost due to the high Canadian dollar, unfair trade policies and lack of
federal government action to stem the tide.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699 or John McClyment (office) (416) 495-3766

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