CAW President Meets Harper on Future of Auto Industry
March 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
CAW National President Ken Lewenza met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill Tuesday to discuss issues facing Canada's auto industry.
The union leader reaffirmed his support for Ottawa's recent extension of the Automotive Innovation Fund, and urged the Prime Minister to take additional measures to strengthen future investment, production, and exports in the sector.
Lewenza also presented Mr. Harper with the CAW's proposals for a stronger industrial strategy for the auto industry: a 50-page policy brief published last year, Rethinking Canada's Auto Industry.
"Our conversation was cordial and constructive," Lewenza said. "The Prime Minister clearly understands the importance of the auto sector to Canada's future prosperity."
Lewenza noted that the federal government has undertaken important policy initiatives in several key manufacturing sectors recently (including aerospace, shipbuilding, and defence procurement). "In all of these sectors, like auto, we need government to play a strategic role to ensure Canada retains a strong share of high-value manufacturing."
Rethinking Canada's Auto Industry can be downloaded at www.rethinktheeconomy.ca.