Paul Martin Backs CAW Fair Trade Demand

Toronto, Ontario

December 5, 2005


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Paul Martin Backs CAW Fair Trade Demand
Paul Martin Backs CAW Fair Trade Demand
dated December 5, 2005

Toronto, Ontario
December 2, 2005

       For the first time in the 20 year history of the Canadian Auto Workers union the Prime Minister of Canada spoke to CAW Council delegates. Martin promised the 1,000 delegates and guests from coast to coast, that he would fight for "fair trade"

Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada

       "We're working to ensure that foreign markets are open to Canadian products including Canadian built vehicles. And let me tell you, free trade accords include labour co-operation agreements because that is what is smart for our economy, that's what's fair for our workers and I say again that free trade must be fair trade!"

       Martin highlighted the Liberal minority government's economic progress and it's $450 million in support of the auto sector, and he promised more to come.

Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada

       "My government will continue to invest in the auto industry and in the future of Canadian manufacturing of all kinds. We'll continue to invest and support the service sectors as well; all of those that attract and help build the good paying jobs, the high value jobs of this country."
       "We are working and we will continue to work to overcome the challenge that we have seen with company pensions. Because in our country a person should never have to come to the end of a long and productive working life to discover that their pension is not there for them and their families."


       The Prime Minister said the election was a matter of choosing between the vision of the Liberals or the Conservatives

Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada

       "The question is - what do you want Canada to be? I want Canada to move forward not back. I believe in a Canada that has a strong national government that speaks with the voice of one country- one Canada. I believe in a Canada that values and protects its universal publicly funded health care system, so that health care requires a health card, not a credit card."


       While Martin didn't get a full endorsement from the CAW, the Council did adopt an election strategy which will fight to elect as many New Democrats as possible, while also preventing a Conservative minority or majority government.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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