Question Period: On long-term sustainable jobs at General Dynamics and throughout London?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker... Trying to pit workers' jobs against human rights is a cynical distraction, but it does not hide government's failure to open up new responsible markets and support long-term sustainable manufacturing jobs in our region. Instead, Liberals have gambled workers' jobs on a deal with an oppressive state, giving our city an unfair black eye.

Where is the government's plan for long-term sustainable jobs for the workers at General Dynamics and throughout London?

Hon. Navdeep Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we are very committed to the manufacturing sector. We understand the importance of this sector in London in particular. I was there just a few days ago making an announcement with respect to the automotive innovation fund and extending this fund for the next three years. This would allow further investments to allow job creation.

Above and beyond that, just a few days ago I was in Kitchener with my colleagues who announced the automotive supplier innovation fund initiative which again invests in a supplier base. We are investing in manufacturing. We are investing in jobs. We are growing the economy and that is good for the country.