Denis Paradis and John McCallum denounce Conservatives' inaction in the midst of American crisis

    PHILIPSBURG, QC, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Liberal candidate in Brome -
Missisquoi, Denis Paradis, and the Liberal Finance critic John McCallum, MP
for Markham - Unionville, demonstrated today that the Canadian economy is much
more vulnerable than Stephen Harper admits in the midst of the American
economic crisis.
    During a media availability at the St-Armand - Philipsburg Canadian
Border Services office, Mr Paradis and Mr McCallum pointed out how closely
related the American and Canadian economies are.
    "When an economic hurricane rages on South of the border, there is
generally a very strong possibility that the tail of that hurricane might also
sweep Canada. Throughout this campaign, Mr Harper has refused to recognize the
obvious: with every passing day, it is becoming more urgent to set in motion a
plan to strengthen the Canadian economy to help it weather the storm without
too much damage", Mr Paradis argued.
    "Every day, $ 2 billion in goods cross this border. The United states
purchase 80 % of Canadian exporters' production. If they stop buying, clearly
our businesses will feel the effects", said Mr McCallum.
    "Mr Harper has yet to unveil an electoral platform. Either he doesn't
have a plan to face the situation, or he's improvising one in a hurry. On the
other hand, the Liberal Party has set out a realistic plan to preserve and
create jobs, notably through an ambitious infrastructure program, as well as
by supporting the manufacturing sector", Mr Paradis concluded.

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For further information: Ingrid Marini, (514) 617-6854; Source: PLCQ,
(514) 381-8888

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