Auto Pact Lobby

May 6, 1998


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Auto Pact Lobby
dated May 6, 1998

Auto Pact Lobby
The campaign to save the Auto Pact and keep the tariffs on imported vehicles gained momentum as the CAW drove its message to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Jim O'Neil addressed the NDP Caucus on the campaign's progress.

Jim O'Neil
CAW Secretary Treasurer


"When we were told by Manley that he was looking at reducing the 6.7 per that obviously caused alarm bells to go off. We have been meeting now since early January in all of our communities, with Mayors, with MPs with MPPs and with councilors."


Alexa McDonough
NDP Leader
"We certainly will be very happy to play whatever role along the way in trying to help increase the heat. "

Meanwhile workers from the St Therese plant in Quebec, gathered in front of the Peace Tower, and later met with the Bloc Quebecois caucus.

Luc Desnoyers
CAW Quebec Director
"It is a major thing for us and for all the plants in Canada and also for the St. Therese plant because St. Therese is the most fragile plant that we have in the system right now. If the government abolished the Auto Pact there is no doubt in our mind that thisplant will be closed and it would be a major loss for Quebec"

The CAW also met with both Liberal members and with the federal Tory Caucus to explain the need to preserve the Auto Pact. On May 1st CAW National President Buzz Hargrove met with Prime Minister Chretien at the launch of the third line at the Chrysler Bramalea plant.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"I think that when I spoke with the crowd with him there, with five thousand people, and the response that I got when I talked about the obligation of government to ensure that they continue the Auto Pact and the rules that govern trade around the world, the response that I got from five thousand people was over whelming. I don't think that even Mike Harris who was there could ignore that."

Hargrove is cautiously optimistic.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Politics is strange; I'd like to be able to say with confidence that they won't move ahead as planned. I'm hoping they don't. I'm optimistic but I'm not a hundred percent at this point."


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