Stop Subsidizing Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas and Start Protecting Communities

QUESTION PERIOD: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7th, 2012

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, yesterday I met with workers from Electro-Motive Diesel, families who were left to pick up the pieces of the government's failed jobs plan, fathers like Ryan whose five month old son now faces an uncertain future. The Prime Minister had no problem using these workers for an election photo op, but in their time of need he is nowhere to be found. Will the government at least ensure EMD workers are not robbed of their pensions and severance, too, or will it continue to leave them out in the cold?

Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), CPC): Mr. Speaker, we are aware of the decision by Electro-Motive Diesel to close the plant in London, and we sympathize with the workers affected by this sad decision and the families. That being said, I just want to reiterate to the member that this issue falls entirely within the powers of the Ontario government. There was no ability for the federal government to intervene. We will continue working to create jobs and opportunities for workers in London and all across Canada.

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, they can always find a scapegoat. What about a jobs plan? Our manufacturing sector is being shipped off piece by piece, and the government is letting it happen. London is rallying behind its EMD workers, but they all know that this could happen to anyone anywhere. We know that under the government, big corporations and well-connected friends win out over families every time. When will the government finally wake up to reality? When will it stop subsidizing the companies that ship Canadian jobs overseas and start protecting communities like London, Ontario?