Politicians Back Manufacturing Matters Campaign
August 10, 2007
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St. John's, Nfld.
August 11, 2007
Politicians of different stripes told the delegates to the Canadian Auto Workers Joint Council meeting in St. John's Newfoundland August 11, 2007 that they are in full support of the union's fight to save manufacturing jobs.
Peggy Nash, NDP MP for Parkdale High Park in Toronto, a former assistant to the CAW national president; told the delegates that their manufacturing Matters Campaign is having an effect.
"Never underestimate the impact that you have with those demonstrations, not only on Parliament Hill but also in your communities. I can tell you that in the House of Commons every party is talking about fighting for working people, fighting for average families. Every party is talking about defending jobs."
Nash also added that environmental policies can be used to protect Canadian jobs.
"I think this whole notion of "Green" procurement in fact could be an important piece of "Buy Canadian" because it is more environmentally sustainable to buy local. Why ship cars all the way across the Pacific when we build them right here in Canada? Let's buy what we build."
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said it was time the Harper government focused on protecting Canadian jobs.
Nfld. & Labrador Premier
"The bottom line is the federal government has got to implement and embrace policies that promote economic development and protect and produce jobs in this country. In the whole country, not just regions where more seats in the House of Commons could win Steve a majority. It is his insatiable thirst for power that is dividing our great country pitting provinces against each other."
Williams told the council the federal government should follow a Buy Canadian policy, ensuring that both Canadian jobs and the environment are protected. He also had some advice for all Canadians.
Nfld. & Labrador Premier
"Please remember in the up coming federal, not provincial, federal election, vote ABC, anything but conservative because Steve has got to go."
CAW National President Buzz Hargrove reaffirmed the union's support for Nash in the next election. He also thanked Premier Williams for addressing the Council.
CAW National President
"In thanking Premier Danny Williams on your behalf I want to say to Danny Williams that he is the first Progressive Conservative top leader of any province or federally that spoke to our delegation anywhere in Canada."
During the Joint Council, the delegates endorsed phase two of the manufacturing Matters Campaign, aimed at making protection of manufacturing jobs the key issue in the next federal election.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."