Speaking in solidarity with CAMI workers in Parliament


Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Madam Speaker, today the Cami strike continues in Ingersol, where workers' jobs are currently threatened with relocation to Mexico. The jobs that are at risk sustain workers' families, the region, and these good manufacturing jobs sustain this country. They must be kept in this community.

    The loss of the Terrain production cost more than 400 jobs, and now a second line is at risk, yet the Liberals are still missing in action. These workers are standing up for all workers in this country. When will the Liberal government stand up for them?

     Mr. David Lametti (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lib.): Madam Speaker, we obviously, as a government, understand the critical importance of the automotive sector in Canada and with respect to Canada's economy. Our government is committed to keeping Canada's automotive sector globally innovative and globally competitive.

    We have recently launched the strategic innovation fund to continue to attract and support new high-quality investments in a number of sectors, but in particular the automotive sector. Our strategy is to continue to support this sector as we move forward in light of the current context, and we will continue to put our money where our mouth is.