Film Sparks Debate On The Threat Of Outsourcing Jobs Offshore

February 21, 2006


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Film Sparks Debate On The Threat Of Outsourcing Jobs Offshore
Film Sparks Debate On The Threat Of Outsourcing Jobs Offshore
dated February 21, 2006

Toronto, Ontario
February 21, 2006

       The documentary film "American Jobs" which looks at the human cost of offshoring and outsourcing jobs was screened February 21st in Toronto by the Documentary Organization of Canada.
Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "This film sparked my thinking a little bit about how we develop our arguments and how we ensure that we are not looking inward, that we are not just trying to protect the standard of living that was established in Canada at the expense of the developing world. And it re-enforces what we have been saying but probably not saying strong enough, that you have to have managed trade in order to ensure that everyone shares in whatever prosperity that trade brings."

       Following the screening representatives from the political left and right, including Canadian Auto Workers union national president Buzz Hargrove and Terrence Corcoran of the Financial Post, debated the issues brought out by the film.
       Hargrove pointed out that as China moves toward protecting its market while increasing trade to North America, it poses a threat to both Canadians and Americans.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "It's just not about trade. It's about shipping our jobs to India or China or somewhere; it's the impact on the standard of living of Canadians and Americans that will suffer incredibly if that happens."

       "American Jobs" director Greg Spotts of California said this was the first time the film has been shown outside of the United States.

Greg Spotts
Director "American Jobs"

       "It was interesting in the discussion afterwards to see that a lot of the same concerns of the hollowing out of the economy are going on here that are going on in the U.S."

       Teri MacDonald of CAW Local 222 in Oshawa said the film hit home. She saw her old job in telecommunications outsourced to Mexico. She thinks there is a need to have films like "American Jobs" shown in the mass media here in Canada.

Teri MacDonald
CAW Local 222

       "I think it would be nice to have the information out there. I think the world belongs to those who understand it and I think there are too many people who just don't get this kind of information."

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